GLENDALE – the city of Glendale officially celebrated the naming of Maryland Avenue, Artsakh Avenue, on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018. All five Glendale City Council members were present, in addition to state Senator Anthony Portantino and Robert Avetisyan, the U.S Representative for Artsakh.
In June, the City Council voted 4-0 to rename a two block section of Maryland Avenue, between Wilson Avenue and Harvard Street, across the Glendale Central Library, to Artsakh Avenue.
During the decision making process, Councilman Ara Najarian said it was overdue to have a street referencing the city’s large Armenian-American community. Approval of the name change followed.
Glendale residents, Unified Young Armenians, a group of activists who proposed the name change in February, and many officials were present at the ceremony.
To adhere to business owners’ concerns that the name change will adversely affect them, the city set aside $1000 for each of the 131 businesses on the two block portion of the street to help cover costs of reprinting materials with new addresses.