Eugenic founded organization gets a Houston street named after it’s supporter

It may not be pretty, but Tinsley Way adds to legacy
By BRADLEY OLSON HOUSTON CHRONICLE
May 5, 2010, 9:04PM

Brett Coomer Chronicle

Visitors to Planned Parenthood’s headquarters will travel on Eleanor Tinsley Way instead of Sterling Center Lane.

One of the most beautiful parks in the city is named for her, as is an elementary school. Serene parks at schools across Houston are her legacy. She devoted a large part of her career as a City Council member to battling the blight of billboards on Houston’s freeways.

So what would Eleanor Tinsley make of Eleanor Tinsley Way, a shabby, nondescript industrial street in southeast Houston that was unanimously renamed in her honor by City Council on Wednesday?

Formerly Sterling Center Lane, the quarter-mile stretch dead-ends at the Gulf Freeway on the north and a small grove of trees next to a rail line along SH35 on the south. Its main attraction is a metal manufacturer, which occupies at least two-thirds of its length.

Kathleen Ownby, Tinsley’s daughter, said her mother would have been quite proud of the street named in her honor, if not for its scenery than for its proximity to Planned Parenthood’s new Houston headquarters.

Tinsley, who died last year, was one of the earliest Houston politicians to seek an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. She never shied away from it, Ownby said, despite the controversy that has propelled the nonprofit into the fight over abortion.

It was Planned Parenthood that helped get the road renamed. Ownby said her mother would be pleased to know that visitors to Planned Parenthood would drive on a street named after her.

Tinsley collected turtle-shaped objects from around the world, a personal symbol she cultivated because turtles can only get things done when they stick out their necks.
Planned Parenthood was one of the things she stuck her neck out for,” Ownby said.

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