Sodom Road Name May Be Changed
Jun. 12, 2002
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CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) _ According to the Bible, fire and brimstone destroyed Sodom as punishment for the city's sinfulness. Now several residents of Sodom Road are hoping the street's name will go up in flames.
``We just think Sodom is such an ugly name for such a pretty place,'' said Phyllis Sievers, who owns property on the road and is leading the effort to change the name to Edition Lane.
Residents of Clinton, about 80 miles north of New York City, are petitioning the town board for the name change. Twenty-five people who own property on the road have signed the petition; three have declined to sign.
The new name would have to be approved by the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, to make sure there is no conflict with existing roads in the 911 emergency system.
Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm on the corner of Ruskey Lane and Sodom Road, welcomes the change and would be honored to have the road named after her farm. The name Sodom Road is ``laughable,'' she said.
The biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were known for incurring the wrath of God because of their sinfulness. Town Historian Bill McDermott told the Poughkeepsie Journal that he did not know how Sodom Road got its name.