Renaming this street would embarrass even Cesar Chavez

The whole idea of renaming a Dallas street after Cesar Chavez has been going on so long now, I can’t even remember who first came up with the idea (although I’m pretty sure it was a group of Hispanic leaders, enabled by Mayor Tom Leppert, who was probably already eyeballing his big step up the political ladder back then). And I suppose it makes sense: The Hispanic leaders look like heroes to a few voters, and Leppert looks like a hero to Hispanic voters throughout the state, if none of these voters stop and really take a look at how little was "accomplished" here.

It’s pretty pathetic that after all of this time and effort and vitriole, the DMN is reporting that the street selected is a desolate few blocks of Central Expressway Downtown that no one really pays much attention to. The whole thing seems like more of a slap in the face to the people supporting the renaming than any kind of honor for Chavez. For more on how we arrived at this point, read our previous Back Talk posts here and here and here.

The name change proposal now goes before the city plan commission for review Thursday prior to an eventual final approval vote by the city council.



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  • Reader

    ‘The whole idea of renaming a Dallas street after Cesar Chavez has been going on so long now, I can’t even remember who first came up with the idea (although I’m pretty sure it was a group of Hispanic leaders, enabled by Mayor Tom Leppert, who was probably already eyeballing his big step up the political ladder back then).’

    Dave Nuemann, District 3 city council person and his Trinity River committee first brought to our attention re-naming existing streets to Chavez when they proposed changing the name of Industrial Boulevard in an online contest and later Ross Avenue in Downtown. After Chavez won the contest and the committee decided to re-name Industrial to something else a few Hispanic citizens naturally sought other streets. No one wanted Ross to be-renamed except the committee. Leppert wasn’t a player or enabler.

  • Jason

    Why don’t they rename Texas Stadium to Cesar Chavez Stadium?

  • L Streets Resident

    I hardly think this is a slap in the face to supporters of this project. The street in question is downtown, it leads to the farmers’ market (this connection should be obvious), and changing the street name would eliminate unnecessary confusion caused by having two Central Expressways. It sounds like the perfect compromise to me.