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UT geographer Derek Alderman, who studies the politics of place names, says renaming streets for Martin Luther King Jr. is a way to “construct a new geography of public memory.” But such points of pride can backfire. Alderman was¬†quoted in many news stories and editorials marking the thirtieth¬†anniversary of the federal holiday commemorating King’s birthday. They include CNN, the Boston Globe, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Abilene, Texas-based KTXS-TV News 12, UK-based Guardian, and Barron’s.