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On the news yesterday, I learned that the town of West Paterson, NJ officially changed its name to Woodland Park - effective as of Jan. 1, 2009

You don't think that will create problems for the GPS community do you?? How long until Navteq fixes this one?

Beyond that, apparrently the ordinance to change the name passed by only 25 votes, and there is already a movement to try to get it changed back on the next election ballot. Even if Navteq does change the name it may not be right by the time the maps are published!!

This is a good example of why one would want the ability to search for an address by zipcode instead of town name!

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djs wrote:

On the news yesterday, I learned that the town of West Paterson, NJ officially changed its name to Woodland Park - effective as of Jan. 1, 2009

You don't think that will create problems for the GPS community do you?? How long until Navteq fixes this one?

Beyond that, apparrently the ordinance to change the name passed by only 25 votes, and there is already a movement to try to get it changed back on the next election ballot. Even if Navteq does change the name it may not be right by the time the maps are published!!

This is a good example of why one would want the ability to search for an address by zipcode instead of town name!

I tried doing a search with the zip code file, but that doesn't work either. I contacted the owner of the file and am now waiting for an answer.

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Changing town names

djs wrote:

On the news yesterday, I learned that the town of West Paterson, NJ officially changed its name to Woodland Park - effective as of Jan. 1, 2009

You don't think that will create problems for the GPS community do you?? How long until Navteq fixes this one?

Beyond that, apparrently the ordinance to change the name passed by only 25 votes, and there is already a movement to try to get it changed back on the next election ballot. Even if Navteq does change the name it may not be right by the time the maps are published!!

This is a good example of why one would want the ability to search for an address by zipcode instead of town name!

Hey they can call it Blurtfield but it won't make any difference until the Post Office changes the name. The "City Fathers" may feel that Woodland Park is more aesthetic, but it won't mae any difference until the Post office recognizes it and changes all the official documents and records.

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that's all well and good, but ....

a_user wrote:

The "City Fathers" may feel that Woodland Park is more aesthetic, but it won't mae any difference until the Post office recognizes it and changes all the official documents and records.

That's all well and good, but if somebody, or a place of business, gives/lists their address as Woodland Park, NJ you hosed! Woodland Park does not exsist in any of the maps, and you would have no way of knowing that you really should search for West Paterson.

No more association with Paterson

This isn't the first time this has happened in the area - until the early '70s, Elmwood Park was known as "East Paterson". I'm surprised "East Newark" hasn't changed its name yet.

Upon further investigation, I learned that there have been other recent name changes in NJ. In 2006, Dover Township (in Ocean County) changed its name to Toms River Township, and in 2007, Washington Township (in Mercer County) changed its name to Robbinsville Township.

When I was in high school, Passaic Township in Morris County, which was about 10 minutes from where I grew up, changed its name to Long Hill Township.

-Dave

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