QUESTION: Should University Place Change Its Name To "Chambers Bay?"

The News Tribune reports city officials have discussed it and are considering bringing it to a public vote. We ask what do you think, University Place.

Should University Place change its name to "Chambers Bay?"

The News Tribune's Christian Hill has a great report that details how city leaders have discussed it and are considering asking voters what they think.

Councilman Chris Nye first brought up the idea earlier this year at a meeting, saying that it could be a way to increase the city's business scene, according to the report.

It would also draw direct name recognition with , which will host the U.S Open in 2015.

But the name, "University Place," has a long history itself. The area was dubbed with the name around the late 1800's, as it was supposed to be the site of a new methodist university. Instead, the school was located in North Tacoma and became the University of Puget Sound.

However, the name stuck with the community overlooking Puget Sound. Its longstanding school district bears the name, and voters didn't appear to think twice about its name when they made University Place a city in 1995.

The community came close to ending its "place-without-a-university" tag a few years ago when negotiations with Town Center involved possibly locating an office of the WSU Extension in UP. As the negotiations broke down, so did the idea.

The people Hill spoke to in the report offered a range of opinions. Some liked its business appeal, but others want to stick to the tradition.

There's also that little factor of changing names of government offices, letterheads, addresses, etc. Heck, even we would have to change our masthead to "Chambers Bay Patch."

But the payoff and recognition could be worth it.

So we ask you, Patch users, would you change the name of University Place to Chambers Bay?

Barbara Jackson August 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Do they have any idea what the costs would be to the business in UP? They would have to pay to change their signage, their letterheads, their advertising (phone book as an example), the city would have to change signs everywhere as well as letterheads, etc. What an absolute unnecessary cost to the business & people of University Place. They have wasted too much of our money as it is.
Richard Shepard August 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
How do I stop the updates on this thread? I've seen enough.
ShopSar August 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree!! www.shopsar.com
Christie Anderson August 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
@ Richard Shepard....ask Brent how to stop the updates.
Ron Johnson August 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
UP city management..........please, stop the insanity and focus on the real issues. What is going on with Town Center? Any progress there? Have you given up? Spend a bunch of tax payer money on another dead-end? We want your time and attention on the many very real issues facing this community. We have told you that many, many times. Focus!


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