Wired PR News.com – Several members of the Dallas community became upset after the decision was made on Monday to rename the city’s Industrial Boulevard Riverfront Boulevard instead of after civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. As reported by The Dallas Morning News, the decision by Dallas officials has led to racial tension for community members as well as individuals on the city council.
Before Monday’s vote, an informal survey was conducted regarding renaming the street with a majority of respondents voting to name it after Chavez. However, the council chose instead to push for the name Riverfront, which business owners in the area and supporters of the Trinity River project stated was their preference. Some seemed to fear that naming it after the historical Hispanic leader would hinder business growth in the area; however, proponents of the Chavez name change indicate that the move shows a strong lack of respect for the Hispanic community, and reinforces racism.
Community members reportedly may take legal action in the matter, and still have the opportunity to present an open application to attempt to prevent the Riverfront name change. The street will remain Industrial Boulevard for at least one year in accordance with the approved city ordinance.