The Budapest municipal assembly has decided to name a new-build quarter of the capital’s District XIII after Árpád Göncz, the first head of state of democratic Hungary, who passed away in October 2015 at the age of ninety-four.
The popular Mr. Göncz was nominated for the position by the now-defunct liberal SZDSZ party and served between 1990 and 2000.
The Socialist-led district had previously initiated the establishment of the new neighbourhood, intended to be a representative business quarter, around the intersection of Váci út and Róbert Károly körút bearing the name “Göncz Árpád City Centre”.
However, contrary to earlier plans, Hegyalja út – a busy thoroughfare connecting the Buda bridgehead of the Elizabeth bridge with Farkasrét cemetery in District XI, will not be renamed after Mr. Göncz’s conservative successor Ferenc Mádl, who passed away in 2011.
The area to be named after Mr. Göncz includes a former long-distance bus station and the national police directorate (photo: index.hu)
The compact area designated for the new “city centre” has previously been home to a long-distance bus terminal. It is also connected to the city’s subway system, with the stop on Line 3 planned to be renamed after Mr. Göncz from its present name, Árpád híd, an indication of the nearby Danube bridge.
Naming a representative Budapest public area after Mr. Göncz has been on the agenda since his death last October.
photo: Csilla Cseke/MTI