Neil Emmons proposes renaming Dallas North Tollway after Cesar Chavez

Posted on 18 Aug 2008 at 9:58am

Gay Dallas City Plan Commissioner Neil Emmons says that if Ross Avenue isn’t renamed after labor leader Cesar Chavez, the Dallas North Tollway should be, according to The Dallas’ Morning News’ City Hall blog. Emmons argues that the tollway goes through the heart of Dallas’ Little Mexico and that its construction forced the early Hispanic community to relocate. He also says that as more toll roads are built, they will need recognizable names so people can differentiate between them. I guess my only initial thoughts about this are that the tollway is primarily used by rich white people from North Dallas, and that Chavez likely never would have supported the idea of an elitist toll road. What do you think?

UPDATE: WFAA-TV sure seems to think this is a big deal. Here’s their noontime report on Emmons’ proposal.

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