Two Rīga streets get new names

On Wednesday, 30 August, the Riga City Council decided to rename two city streets in honor of former politician Ita Kozakeviča and athlete Inese Jaunzeme.

The section of Nīcgales Street from Nīcgales to Augusta Deglava Street will in the future be named Itas Kozakevičas Street. A street with no name in Šmerlis district will now be named Ineses Jaunzemes Street.

The philologist and journalist Ita Kozakeviča (1955 - 1990) was on the Board of the Latvian Association of Polish Culture Allies during the Awakening (late 1980s), then elected president of the newly established Latvian Union of Poles. As a Member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia, she voted in favor of independence of Latvia.

On the other hand, Inese Jaunzeme (1932-2011) won a gold medal in javelin throw at the summer 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. It was the first Olympic gold in Latvia's sports history. By the end of the athlete's career, Jaunzeme was a doctor of medical sciences.

It was also decided that  sections of Kalmju Street near Ķīšezers Lake should be renamed as Plūdu Street, Ūdensrožu Street and Palu Street.

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