Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive renamed in honor of a black settler

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The Chicago City Council has voted to change the name of Lake Shore Drive to the name of a black man recognized as a key settler in the city

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council voted Friday to change the name of Lake Shore Drive to the name of a black man recognized as a key settler in the city.

South Side Alderman Donald Moore proposed renaming the concrete ribbon along Lake Michigan to DuSable Drive two years ago after a boat tour of the city in which he claimed the name of DuSable was not mentioned.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said the lack of honor for black leaders has a detrimental impact on black children. Naming the road for him “is a small but important step in addressing racial injustice,” Ramirez-Rosa said.

Moore’s initial proposal to get rid of the Lake Shore Drive name entirely was opposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. An opposing councilman noted that getting rid of the Lake Shore Drive name would be a “long and expensive fix” for Chicago voters and would have “expensive implications” for businesses, police and firefighters.

Proponents of the name change this week agreed to the Lightfoot-backed compromise that added DuSable’s name to Lake Shore Drive. The vote for change was 33 to 15, with “no” votes coming from 12 white aldermen and three Latino aldermen.

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