I came across this post I had written in July 2009 about the renaming of 39th Avenue after Cesar Chavez. As I oppose renaming Portland's streets after people who didn't contribute to Portland's history, I opposed renaming 39th Avenue, and still dislike how the City Council violated public policy on street names in the process.
Professor Bogdanski's comment to my post sparked an idea for a street renaming that I would support, and for which I think a petition drive would succeed. It's to rename SW 2nd Avenue downtown after James Chasse, the musician whom members of the Portland police beat to death in 2006 (breaking 26 of his bones in the process) and whose death brought about a long-overdue, if not fully satisfactory, investigation into Portland's treatment of the mentally ill.
Why SW 2nd Avenue? The Police Bureau's address, which would appear on the business card of every officer, would become 1111 SW James Chasse Avenue. Every Portland police officer would be carrying Mr. Chasse's name while on duty as a reminder that their mission to protect and to serve includes protecting and serving the homeless and the mentally ill.
Think about it.