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File #: 201318    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/19/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/9/2021
Effective date: 2/27/2021    
Title: A substitute ordinance renaming Old World Third Street, from West McKinley Avenue to West Wisconsin Avenue, North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. DODD, ALD. KOVAC, ALD. ZAMARRIPA, ALD. BORKOWSKI, ALD. SPIKER, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. DIMITRIJEVIC, ALD. HAMILTON, ALD. MURPHY
Indexes: STREET NAMES
Attachments: 1. Support email, 2. MKE-MLK drive-Renamming-210125, 3. MLK Letter support, 4. Dr. MLK Drive Support_Ltr, 5. Clint MLK Letter-1, 6. Vicki Martin Support, 7. King Drive Support Letter, 8. Street Renaming_OAAA_012721, 9. MLK dr letter of support, 10. OWTS Name Change - Public Workd Committee 1-27-21, 11. 176527 Street name MLK Drive Simple Amendment.pdf, 12. ERC MLK
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
2/26/20212 CITY CLERK PUBLISHED   Action details Meeting details Not available
2/18/20212 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
2/9/20212 COMMON COUNCIL PASSEDPass15:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
1/27/20211 PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTEDPass5:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/27/20212 PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR PASSAGE

Minutes note: Ald. Coggs Stacie Callies - Westown Association Atty. David Halbrooks Ald. Lewis
Pass5:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/19/20210 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available
Number
201318
Version
SUBSTITUTE 2
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. COGGS, BAUMAN, STAMPER, RAINEY, LEWIS, DODD, KOVAC, ZAMARRIPA, BORKOWSKI, SPIKER, JOHNSON, PEREZ, DIMITRIJEVIC, HAMILTON AND MURPHY
Title
A substitute ordinance renaming Old World Third Street, from West McKinley Avenue to West Wisconsin Avenue, North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Analysis
This ordinance renames Old World Third Street, from West McKinley Avenue to West Wisconsin Avenue, North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Body
Whereas, In 1984, when the Common Council sought to rename North 3rd Street to North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, many citizens including a group called Young Milwaukeeans supported the change with a petition of 17,000 signatures; and

Whereas, A group of downtown business owners from West State Street to West Juneau Avenue opposed the change, claiming that renaming the street in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could harm the street’s status as a tourist attraction; and

Whereas, After a prolonged political battle, the Common Council voted to change North 3rd Street north of West McKinley Avenue to North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, but the portion of road south of McKinley was changed to North Old World Street; and

Whereas, Recent nationwide protests for racial equity and local issues such as Milwaukee’s longstanding racial segregation emphasize the importance of reflecting upon historical injustices in order to build a fairer and more inclusive society; and

Whereas, Renaming this particular stretch of street in honor of King would recognize a past error and represent one small but significant way of dismantling the vestiges of systemic racism in our society; and

Whereas, King was the prominent spokesperson and charismatic leader of the Civil Rights Movement who pushed for desegregation, equal voting rights, labor rights, and basic civil rights for Americans of all races and ethnic backgrounds; and

Whereas, King spoke to audiences in Milwauke...

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