Fly Southwest, Drive Herb Kelleher: Mayor Submits Street Name for "Texas Legend"

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Speaking of changes at Love Field ...

Mayor Tom Leppert -- along with council members Delia Jasso and Linda Koop -- yesterday sent a memo to City Manager Mary Suhm proposing that the city change the name of a section of Cedar Springs Road to Herb Kelleher Way. In honor of the co-founder of Southwest Airlines, but of course.

Specifically, the trio want to rename the slab of Cedar Springs that stretches from Mockingbird Lane to Contrail Lane, which is the street just before the airport's parking garages. Says the City Hall release, "The change would be phased in over two years to allow existing businesses to adapt to the change."

"Herb Kelleher is a Texas legend," Leppert says in a statement. "He has not only been the trusted face of Southwest Airlines since its start, he also embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our city and state. I can't think of a better way to recognize Herb than by naming a street for him at the home base of Southwest Airlines."

I asked Chris Heinbaugh, the mayor's chief of staff, whose idea this was -- and he said that, why, as a matter of fact, it started with Sam Coats, who ran for mayor against Leppert last election cycle. Heinbaugh says Coats has been pushing this for a long while, but Kelleher's always been resistant ... at least, till recently. Officials at Southwest let Leppert know not long ago that, ya know what, maybe now wouldn't be a bad time to resurrect the idea. Hence, the memo to Mary.

The announcement follows. Kelleher Street Name Change
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Linda G
Linda G

All of The roads leading to Love Field should bear his name, but will be excited to have it on this area at least, he is an awesome person, wonderful to work for and is very deserving of a street bearing his name !! :)

Halldecker
Halldecker

This is an insult ... 200 yards of the entrance of Love Field, from Mockingbird to the traffic circle.

Name Denton Drive for Herb, all the Denton's been dead for decades, they won't mind.

G_David
G_David

Just scanning the first paragraph and checking out the picture attached, I thought for a moment they might be considering re-naming the stretch between Oak Lawn and Wycliff.

brett
brett

what about cesar chavez - herb kelleher parkway?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Why dont they just add another name to 35, or they could name the ramp for the mocking bird exit herb kelleher ramp from 35 to mockingbird. I mean every other road around here has 2-3 names for it

Rooster
Rooster

For the love of god, can we just not leave our street names alone?

G_David
G_David

It's the stretch of road past Mockingbird, when you've already entered the airport. Shouldn't affect too many businesses. Shouldn't affect your life at all.

Timcdfw
Timcdfw

Herb deserves WAY more than a strip of a street........just sayin.

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