Supervisors Consider Renaming San Francisco International Airport

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by bradl, Feb 28, 2013.

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Should San Francisco International Airport be named for Harvey Milk?

  1. Yes. His work in the LGBT community is as important as any other political figure.

    13 vote(s)
    41.9%
  2. No. Leave it SFO. It is San Francisco International Airport, for San Francisco.

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    54.8%
  3. Let's name it something else. (explain below)

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    There will soon be a measure on the local ballots in San Francisco to add the name Harvey Milk to its name, making the airport named "Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport".

    While there have been other figures who have had airports named after them, Milk would be the first person in the LGBT community who would be honoured as such.

    this topic was brought up in local news:

    .. as well as discussed on KQED's Forum:
    Personally, I'd have no problem with it, as both political and nonpolitical figures have airports named after them (aforementioned Reagan, Washington, Wayne, Hope, Louis Armstrong, Thurgood Marshall, General Logan, Eugene Eppley, Patrick McCarran), but there are those who are against it, because they believe that SFO will be completely renamed, which it will not, or have a terminal named after him, skin to the Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal at LAX.

    I'd also be okay with something like a Moscone International, or Milk/Moscone International Airport, named for both the mayor and Milk, who were killed.

    But what say you all? Keep it SFO, or rename?
     
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    Wow. If anything it should be named Jerry Garcia SFO.
     
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    Milk Airport? It'll still say SFO on your luggage tag. Instead put a Milk statue up in the Castro.
     
  5. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    I'm personally not all that jazzed about naming stuff after people. There are plenty of people out there every day that do good in this world. Surely we can think of better ways to memorialize them rather than naming buildings after them.
     
  6. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    But why?

    KLAS isn't Las Vegas Int'l Airport, it is McCarran Int'l airport (named after Patrick McCarran). Aforemented General Logan, Armstrong, Marshall, etc. Eugene Eppley was the owner of a hotel who sold the land to the city of Omaha, and yet that airport is named after him. Will Rogers, who was pretty much just a comedian and cowboy, has an airport named after him.

    Why would Milk be any different? There have been many people who have done less who are honoured as such. So I'm genuinely curious as to why Milk or Moscone (who gave their lives, BTW) couldn't be given the same honour?

    BL.
     
  7. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Why not?

    Tons of airports are named after people.

    Just near me in the northeast, you have Logan (Boston), Green (Providence), Bradley (Hartford), JFK (NY), LaGuardia (NY), Trudeau (Montreal). Seems like more often than not major airports are named after someone.

    See here for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponyms_of_airports
     
  8. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Why?


    Frankly, I'm having a hard time figuring out why anyone would have a problem with this?

    If Bob Hope can have an airport, surely Harvey Milk deserves one. ;)
     
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    I see this causing nothing but problems for the International Chocolate Chip Cookie Fan Consortium.
     
  10. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    As many before me have said, why not? Also, the people of SF are getting the opportunity to vote on the measure, so it's not being forced.

    Also, add Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (formerly Hartsfield International Airport) to the list of Airports named after not one, but two people.
     
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    That list has almost every major airport in the world on it. I see no reason not to add SFO to the list.
     
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    Since only 5% of visitors to this thread have bothered to comment, allow me to speak for the rest. Who gives a **** what SF names their airport? :D
     
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    I never think of the airport's "name," but rather its location. The exceptions are when you're flying to a major city served by more than one airport. A good example, when flying to Houston it's either to Hobby or IAH; New York has Kennedy or Laguardia (I suppose you could throw Newark in there somewhere), but whenever I've used SFO I've called it just that, just like big airport here is named DFW.
     
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    Which is why changing the name isn't a big deal. I've flown out of Hobby, and gone to events at the Hobby Center and still have no idea who the guy is...
     
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    He invented the horse.
     
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    I agree with ugahairydawgs.
     
  17. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    KDAL would like to have a few words with you. ;) :D

    KHOU used to be named for Howard Hughes, as he made some major changes to the field at the time (like an ATC tower).

    LAS was Alamo Field, built by George Crockett (descendent of Davy), who built the original airport behind the present-day Sahara Hotel/Casino before he sold it to the city, and moved up to present-day Nellis AFB. Then the USAF bought that, allowing him to move to where it presently sits. Pat McCarran was the author of the bill creating Civil/Commercial aviation, so that's where that comes from..

    But again, there is nothing that should stop SFO from being named for Milk, Moscone, or even both. If we took away the names of other airports and based it on location, we'd be in a world of hurt: 6 airports in London, 2 airports named Las Vegas (NV and NM), 3 in Phoenix, 3 in San Diego.. SFO would have to then be renamed, as it is not located in San Francisco at all.

    If Rogers could have an airport named after him, and all he did was ride a horse and die in a plane crash in Barrow, AK (which he is named for the airport up there as well BTW), Milk and Moscone, who like I said before gave their lives for a cause, should be equally as honoured.

    BL.
     
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    Well, frankly - without some of those buildings, I wouldn't know who some people are. LaGuardia in NY, and look at all I learned about William Hobby today!

    There's a Sally Ride school here and it does give a generation of people who weren't alive when she first went into space the opportunity to learn about who their school is named after. The greatest way to memorialize people is to ensure that for generations people know who they are and what they did.

    Like I said, I don't get what the downside is (beyond the obvious, of course)...
     
  19. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    "Milk" is kind of appropriate for any airport, given the prices they charge for just about anything. I am waiting for the day that they go with "Apple Inc. San Jose International Airport", the way they do with sports venues.
     
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    SFO, is actually an airport code assigned by IATA, the international air transportation association. Mumbai's airport is still BOM for Bombay, Hanoi is still SGN for Saigon, etc. the only exception I know about is Baghdad which was originally named Saddam International SDH and is now bgh or something similar.


    SFO will still be on your luggage tag and airplane ticket.
     
  21. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It will, for sure. so I'm not worried about that. Since becoming a pilot, I rely more on ICAO codes rather than IATA codes. So as far as the actual travel and flight plans go, the IATA nor ICAO code won't change. The actual name of the airport is the debate.

    Saddam Int'l was actually SDA, which, as you mentioned, has become BGW for the IATA code. The ICAO code has not changed.

    I still don't see a problem with adding Moscone or Milk to the actual name of the airport, especially since the IATA nor ICAO code will change.

    BL.
     
  22. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    That's the little airport here (Love Field). :cool:
     
  23. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Give it till the end of the year, when the Wright Amendment is no more, then you'll see that airport explode, especially given the fact that SWA is planning on petitioning the FAA go grant them int'l routes out of DAL to Mexico and C. and S. America, similar to what they are planning at KHOU.

    BL.
     
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    There's JFK and John Wayne Int. and George Bush Int.

    Big airports too. So if San Francisco wants to give SFO a name I say have at it.
     
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    If they really want to change it I guess they can, but I don't see a real need for it. I'd prefer airports to just have the name of the city they serve unless there are multiple airports for that city and they need to distinguish them.
     

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