BERKLEY CA VOTES TO CHANGE NAME OF MANHOLES: ELIMINATES GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Posted on July 18, 2019


SF Chron: “At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.”


Guardian

“No longer will the streets of fair Berkeley be dotted with manholes, nary a womanhole or nonbinaryhole in sight. With Tuesday night’s vote, they have all been transmuted into “maintenance holes,” that highest, hardest glass manhole-cover finally shattered.”

Think of the road signs… which will have to be changed.






SF Chron: Manholes in Berkeley will now be called ‘maintenance holes’

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