CHICAGO – City council members have been back and forth over the Lake Shore Drive renaming for a while.
Some members believe the name was too iconic to change, while others say the change is a step in the right direction.
In the future, Lake Shore Drive will now be known as Jean-Baptiste Pointe Dusable Lake Shore Drive.
Mayor Lightfoot was joined by city leaders outside the Buckingham Fountain on Thursday and said the name change recognizes and honors the contributions of black residents, especially those who are Haitians.
Dusable is considered the first permanent settler in what would later become Chicago.
He was born in Haiti in 1745 and is said to have lived at the mouth of the Chicago River in 1790.
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Alderman David Moore of the 17th arrondissement defended the effort.
The Chicago Department of Transportation on Thursday installed new signs along the roadway from Hayes Drive to Hollywood Avenue.
The nearly 90 panels cost just under $ 500,000.
Those who have followed this story closely will recall that Mayor Lightfoot initially opposed the name change.
After a compromise to have Lake Shore Drive still be part of the name, Lightfoot went on to announce a $ 40 million investment in a park, river walk, and statues honoring Dusable.