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Historian Panel to consider renaming of N Winning Way to N Ramsay Way

July 21, 2014— A formal application to permanently rename N Winning Way (which runs east/west through the Rose Quarter) to N Ramsay Way has been submitted to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s City Engineer by Commissioner Steve Novick and the Portland Trail Blazers to honor the legacy of former Blazers Coach, Dr. Jack Ramsay.

City Code Chapter 17. 93 requires that a process to permanently rename a City street meet specific requirements, including providing notice to the neighborhood and business associations that encompass property owners or businesses located on property abutting the street proposed for renaming and convening an Historian Panel to review the historical significance of a street and the appropriateness of the proposed name.

A Historian Panel to consider the historical and community significance of Dr. Jack Ramsay will meet on July 22, 2014 at 11AM in the Lovejoy Room of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public, and the panel’s meeting agenda and materials are available online HERE.

The Historian Panel consists of the following members, who, accordance with City Code, were appointed by Commissioner Novick:

  • Anne Schatz, sports broadcaster
  • Wayne Thompson, Author of "BlazerMania, This Is Our Story"
  • Ed Washington, Portland State University and former Metro Councilor

The Portland City Council unanimously approved the addition of a temporary sign cap to recognize the late Dr. Jack Ramsay on May 7, 2014. The permanent renaming of N Winning Way to N Ramsay Way will be reviewed by the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, which is expected to consider public testimony and make a recommendation regarding the proposed renaming to the City Council at its August 26 meeting. It is anticipated that City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the proposal in September 2014.

Any member of the public is welcome to submit written testimony about the proposal at any time during the renaming process by e-mailing comments to Kurt Krueger with Bureau of Transportation at