A city in Utah has renamed Morning Glory Road because of concerns raised about the sexual connotation of the street’s moniker.
The term “morning glory” is sometimes used as a slang description for a male erection during morning hours. Much more commonly the term is used to describe upwards of 1,000 species of flowering plants.
The allegedly offensive Morning Glory Road will now be known as Morning Vista Road after a unanimous vote by Lehi City Council members last month.
The city of Lehi, located approximately 30 miles south of Salt Lake City in Utah, first considered the change after concerns were voiced by a technology company relocating to the area.
The Associated Press reports that officials from Xactware Solutions Inc. initially raised the issue as they contemplated relocating their corporate headquarters to Morning Glory Road. The company, which provides software for the insurance industry, felt that the racy nature of the street’s name may be unappealing to potential clients.
Transcripts of a meeting with Lehi City Council members indicate that Xactware Solutions Inc. requested the street be renamed to reflect the company’s “international corporate image.” The council unanimously agreed to the name change and voted the proposal forward on December 11, 2012.
The Lehi road renaming has garnered international attention, turning the spotlight onto some additional Utah street names that could be deemed equally offensive. The Salt Lake Tribune writes that Morning Glory street names appear in Moab, Riverton, and Santa Clara but officials from those cities have no plans for changes.
Do you think the sexual connotation of Morning Glory Road was worthy of Utah renaming it?