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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.