I’m all in favor of shortening DC Metro station names and while converting subsidiary place designations to subtitles seems like a half measure, it’s better than none. However, in its discussions WMATA seems to be missing the obvious name-shortening opportunity of changing the “Waterfront-SEU” station on the Green Line to just “Waterfront” in that the “SEU” stands for “Southeastern University” which doesn’t exist anymore. The university shut down after losing accreditation in 2009, workmen tore down the signs on the building a few weeks ago, and the current holder of SEU student records confirms that SEU “is no longer in existence.” Yet there are still street signs scattered all around southwest Washington, DC pointing toward where the university used to be. It’s like we’re so used to universities being these eternal institutions that endure as civilizations rise and fall around them that nobody can quite get their head around the fact that sometimes universities fall, too.
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