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  • Greensboro, N.C. - Small towns typically have a Main Street lined with the community's key businesses. It's often the first impression people get of an area.

    Greensboro's "Main Street" is called High Point Road. If you have lived in Greensboro for awhile, you probably think nothing of it. However, some city leaders argue it's confusing to visitors. So, they want to rename it.

    They argue it's confusing because it's a main road through Greensboro, not High Point. Plus, the name changes as you drive on the road (one stretch is called Lee Street). One solution out there is to rename the road "Gate City Boulevard."

    "Everybody says the Coliseum is on High Point Road, but the address is actually West Lee St. I think there is some confusion," Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Spokesman Henri Fourrier said.

    Drive along High Point Road and you'll see multi-million dollar investments, new developments and reminders of the past.

    "People have viewed High Point Road with a negative connotation," Ziad Fleihan, the owner of Ghassan's, said. "I think the worst days are behind that area."

    Back in 1975, Ghassan's opened its first location on High Point Road.

    "High Point Road is near and dear to my heart. When I was growing up, that was the place to be in Greensboro... Without that location, my family wouldn't have been a success here in town. It's important for me to see it get back to where it was," Fleihan said.

    An eight million dollar streetscape renovation plan will begin in the spring. That's one key reason why the street name debate is back.

    "It's kind of the gateway into our hospitality industry," Fourrier said.

    Replacing the street signs to renaming the road would cost the city as much as $100,000. Businesses would also have to pay get new signs and business cards. However, the owner of Ghassan's says it's worth it.

    "You spend a little money upfront to work on the long-term success of your business," Fleihan said. "I think it's a welcome change. It's a breath of fresh air."

    The name change idea is not final. Wednesday is the first of five public input sessions where you can let city leaders know what you think about this idea.

    For information about meeting dates, times and locations, click here.

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