Dallas' Industrial Boulevard Becomes Riverfront Boulevard

2 Roads Won't Be Renamed After Chavez

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2008  |  Updated 10:51 AM CDT
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Should the City have ignored the citizen survey results that favored honoring Cesar Chavez in renaming Industrial Blvd?

The City Council considers changing the name of Industrial Blvd. to Riverfront Blvd.

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The effort to rename Dallas streets for Cesar Chavez has failed.

Several Latino leaders in the nation's ninth-largest city have been upset that Industrial Boulevard won't be renamed despite a city survey that had "Cesar Chavez Avenue" the overwhelming favorite for the road's new name.

The City Council votes Monday not to rename Industrial or Ross Avenue -- activists' second choice -- weren't unexpected.

The city has said it wants to look at other streets as possibilities to honor the former Latino civil rights leader.

The Council voted 12-3 to rename Industrial to Riverfront Boulevard. Ross will remain Ross.

City Council members said they favored renaming the street to Riverfront Boulevard because it is more reflective of the Trinity River Corridor project.

Mayor Tom Leppert says he'll direct a committee to find a street to honor Cesar Chavez within 90 days.

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