Plano resident suggests changing names of Jefferson, Davis to Cesar Chavez

This was just one response in the DMN’s weekend letters to the editor section to a story on the new campaign to change Young Street to be named after the Mexican-American labor activist. The letter writer from the ‘burbs reasons that both Davis Street and Jefferson Boulevard run through Latino Oak Cliff.

A website commenter and apparent neighborhood resident quickly chastizes the letter writer for not only getting into Dallas’ (and Oak Cliff’s) business when he lives in Plano, but also for incorrectly assuming that the two roads were named for the president of the Confederate States of America.

By |2009-06-29T12:01:00-05:00June 29th, 2009|City Hall, News|5 Comments

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  1. Hal March 31, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Why do we have to change street names? Look at Claredon Road. It was once called Jamestown Road and was named after James Bumpas who founded a feedstore and the town of Jimtown, which was located at the corner of Hampton and Claredon. Someone didn’t like the name Jamestown road and had it changed to Claredon, just because it sounded better. So Jamestown Road became ashes just like James Bumpas, sad to erase someone from our history. Now you want to change Jefferson or Davis into something else. Please, already Oak Cliff has lost some street names that have been changed to something else. Jefferson street was named after Thomas Jefferson the president of the US. Just look at the map and you’ll notice that most of the streets were named in order of the Presidents. Every once in awhile you notice that a Presidents’ name is missing. The reason why, someone thought it was better to name the street after someone else. If you want name a street after someone, then the next new street that is built can have that name.

  2. Luci July 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Why would someone from Plano come over to change the name of Oak Cliff’s streets. I honestly do not want any street in Oak Cliff name after Ceasar Chavez. I am Mexican American but come on I will not vote for something like this. I hate that Oak Cliff is moving up and many want to come over and change the area. I lived here all of my life and love the beauty of the area. Plano’s people stay in Plano please.

  3. David July 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    of course, in the first place its none of plain Plano’s business, also, that is perhaps the most Anglo part of Oak Cliff, with Winnetka Heights, Kessler Park, West Kessler and Kessler Plaza nearby.
    I for one am not embarrassed by Jefferson Davis either, as he was a great American to both sides, before the Civil War with the federal gov’t and during with his home territory

  4. dallaschas July 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    understandable that a Plano resident would be confused about our street names, afterall, Plano has Plano Parkway, Parker Road and Park Blvd all in close proximity to each other.

  5. grifc July 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Yet another presumptuous, ignorant statement from someone that has probably never seen Oak Cliff, except while on I-35.

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