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Sep 22 2017

War on Heritage Targets Street Names

First, they came after the statues, but I did not speak out, because I was not a statue. Then they came after the street names:

Gaston, Ervay, and Lemmon are well-known street names in the city of Dallas. They are also some of the streets in the city named after Confederate figures.

Now, the Dallas mayor’s task force on Confederate monuments is set to discuss whether to recommend changing the names of city streets that are named after Confederate figures.

The changes won’t be free.

A Dallas city staff report estimates the cost of changing names on some of the streets in question. For Lemmon Avenue, the cost would top $364,000. For Gaston Avenue, the cost would be nearly $44,000. For Lee Parkway, the cost is estimated at about $1,430.

But taxpayers have plenty of money. Besides, how can you put a price on erasing your heritage so that progressive social engineers can construct a fresh new one?

This won’t stop at Confederates, of course. Here in Phoenix, beloved Squaw Peak is now referenced on maps as “Piestewa Peak,” the word “squaw” having been struck from the Newspeak dictionary. To reach it, hikers must drive along Squaw Peak Drive. Residents want to keep it that way, both for tradition and because changing the street name will entail significant personal expense in terms of revising various documents. Moonbat Mayor Greg Stanton scoffs at their objections, and at the policy that gives them a say in the matter. He has sought increased power so as to rename the street by decree, providing insight into what the War on Heritage is actually about: yet another power grab by leftists.

On a tip from Lyle.

16 Responses to “War on Heritage Targets Street Names”

  1. Brian says:

    Here in NY City they renamed Lenox Avenue “Malcolm X Boulevard.” It runs through the middle of Harlem, so it would seem to make sense in terms of the local heritage. But I lived on Lenox and ALL the people in the neighborhood continue to call it Lenox. That was always its name. If they ever start calling it Malcolm X, it will be around the time when no one even remembers who that was. Kind of the way street names ought to work anyway. Useful to have the name apply simply to the street.

  2. The most amazing thing about the whole Squaw Peak renaming exercise in Phoenix is that they renamed Squaw Peak “Piestewa Peak” in honor of Lori Piestewa, a half-Hopi female, or in other words… wait for it… a squaw.

  3. I’d call it Malcom Len-X Boulevard just to eff things up entertainingly.

  4. J- says:

    They should all be turned into Martin Luther King Jr street. Then you can be on MLK until you make a left onto MLK before crossing over MLK. When you get to the corner of MLK and MLK you’re there. That should make the SJW types happy.

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  6. Mr. Freemarket says:

    We have Caesar Chavez street in our capital city. Will it be renamed when his anti immigration opinions are known?

  7. Occam's Stubble says:

    If you get to Malcolm X Blvd, you’ve gone too far. No, not that Malcolm X Blvd., the other one.

  8. Occam's Stubble says:

    That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I live in the suburbs of Dallas. Lemmon is a long road populated mostly with businesses. Gaston is a main thoroughfare on the east side and Ervay runs through the downtown central business district with mostly tall buildings on either side.

  9. Sandy Reardon says:

    … and how about that half a million bucks Dallas spent removing ONE statue from Lee Park. Rawlings and his city council are idiots

  10. BiffWellington says:

    And what about the cost to people/businesses who would have to fall in line with an address change? It could easily double the cost of simply replacing street signs.

  11. Shortly says:

    Why honor anybody ? There goes FDR, JFK, LBJ, MLK, the peanut farmer, WJC and BHO. Good riddance.

  12. Pork_Soda says:

    For me it all went down hill when they changed Army Street in San Francisco to Caesar Chavez st. in the early 90s. Then they just started renaming a WHOLE bunch of other streets there. Demilitarization of the Presidio, etc. Oh and it cost the city I think about $600K to do it at the time, but you know… Reasons! During that time there was a lot of crying for “demilitarizing” Street names. I know it wasn’t just a SF phenomenon.

  13. Momster says:

    Now…what about all those streets, buildings, schools, bridges, programs, and parks named after that KKK bigwig, N-word spewing DEMOCRAT Sen. Robert Byrd???

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