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Friday, August 12, 2022

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Portsmouth will honor hip-hop native Missy Elliott with a street named after the 4-time Grammy winner

Natalie Anderson for The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)

Portsmouth will honor hip-hop native Missy Elliott with a boulevard named after her in the city’s new entertainment district.

City Council members on Tuesday approved a request to honor the four-time Grammy award winner by permanently renaming a 1-mile stretch along McLean Street the “Missy Elliott Boulevard.” The new name will span from Airline Boulevard to Greenwood Drive, located within the Victory Crossing area near Tidewater Community College and the future Portsmouth Rivers Casino. It’s an area council members say is primed for future development.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.


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