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Add It to the Map: 'Chuck Brown St.'

The D.C. Council is considering naming streets after several prominent residents, including go-go legend Chuck Brown. Brown discussed the honor with The Post's Hamil Harris in this video.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 26, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Chuck the man!

Posted by: nivla | November 26, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

That is great news he is a music ledgend and deserves a street named after him. It's Chuck Town man.

Posted by: toddlevin88 | November 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Can we do this yesterday?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 26, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Forget Oreos, eat Chuck Brown cookies!

Posted by: Sweetback | November 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent way to trash property values. Serious house buyers don’t want to invest their life savings on Bo Diddly Street or Chuck Brown Street. Serious businesses don’t want to have an address of Bo Diddly Street or Chuck Brown Street any more than they want to be on Elvis Street. Let’s keep our entertainment where it belongs…and that isn’t on street names.

Posted by: alfa67 | November 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Seems pretty short sighted. What happens in 100 years when all of our streets are named after famous people?

Posted by: 8-man | November 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Alfa 67 - dude, lighten up. I realize that you're not supposed to use this forum for personal attacks so I apologize in advance, but you're an idiot.

Posted by: Loggie1 | November 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse


"Serious" home buyers buy homes, not streets. If you live in Glover Park, for instance, you purchased to live in Glover Park, not on any particular street. Maybe if people were more concerned with purchasing a place to live instead of purchasing a piggy bank the US housing market wouldn't be what it is today.

Posted by: zydecoqueen | November 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

i would love to have my address be 1234 Chuck Brown street NW Washington DC 20001. i used to live on the same street as Bo Diddly used to live on which isn't as cool as living on the street named after him.

Posted by: smirk1 | November 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

While naming our streets after prominent residents is a good idea, 'prominent' shouldn't include entertainers who don't entertain "for all of us". Since music can be so controversial and group-specific, it's probably best to stay away from entertainers in the first place. Notable politicians, statesmen, researchers, biologists, etc. all would be better choices.

And trying to avoid naming more streets after African-Americans would go a long ways in doing away with the perceived preference for African-Americans in all these things ... such as exhibited in the choice of the back of the quarter design. (We had three choices to chose from, and ALL three were African-Americans.) After all, just because African-Americans are the majority in this city, that doesn't mean other ethnicities shouldn't be extended the equal rights and opportunities ... including recognition in matters such as these. Otherwise, we have discrimination occuring here.

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | November 26, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, L'Enfant purposely named our streets either after states of numbers and letters. He felt that demonstrated the values of a democratic republic where all are equal, and none should be memorialized in the public realm as had long been the custom with royality and nobility at the time of the American Revolution.

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | November 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Alfa67, are you for real?

You buy a home or a business based on the street name?

You must be like Joe The Plumber... you can't even afford to buy a darn property even if it was on Penny Street.

****property values are affected by the name of the street***** darn I thought I have heard it all...

Posted by: samiismoni14 | November 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For every alfa67 there are a thousand who disagree. I for one would would LOVE to live on Chuck Brown street - and would pay extra for the honor.

But the main point: Way to go DC and CONGRATS to Chuck!

Chuck Brown is an institution who defines DC more than many other so-called "landmarks". I think I'll go put on his CD of jazz standards now, then the Eva Cassidy collaboration...

Posted by: loveconquersfear | November 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

OMG!! Yes! Yes! Yes! That will give that old Chuck Brown (& the Soul Searchers) song "We The People" a much deeper meaning!

As for alfa67 and johnsmith7-if you don't like it and you live in DC, move somewhere else. It's ignorance like yours that make property values plummet. I'm getting really weary of folks like you who know less than nothing (especially regarding Chuck, gogo or it's importance in the African American musical and cultural lexicons) and want to complain about everything.

Incidently johnsmith7, L'Enfant's original intentions or designs did not include the neighborhoods or number of people who live in the city now. If you don't have the same lament about Raoul Wallenberg Pl., I suggest that any issues regarding alleged discrimination lie with you.

Posted by: overhereontheleft | November 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I feel like buyin' a house
Buyin' a house
On Chuck Brown Street
Gimme the mortgage y'all!

Posted by: KidTJ | November 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Brown is not just a DC icon, he is the inventor of an entire genre of music. Whether you like the music or not, one should at least be able to appreciate the contribution he has made to the DC music scene and music in general.
Perhaps people are upset because Chuck Brown created go-go? Would these same people mind living on Duke Ellington street? Probably not.
Personally, I would love to live on a street named after either of these gentleman.

Posted by: terpinator2 | November 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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