See, Changing a Street Name in Dallas Doesn't Always Have to Be a Contentious Process

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The Lord's Missionary Baptist Church
Back in January, an online petition appeared asking that Bexar Street in South Dallas be renamed to Rev. Carlton Garrett Street in honor of the founding pastor of The Lord's Missionary Baptist Church. Six people signed it. But on August 19, council members Dwaine Caraway, Carolyn Davis and Tennell Atkins sent to City Manager Mary Suhm a memo making a similar request: They told Suhm that "as soon as possible," they wanted to rename a short stretch of Municipal Street -- from S. Central Expressway to Bexar -- in honor of Garrett. Among the reasons listed: His work helping the homeless, assisting various Dallas ISD schools and relocating Katrina evacuees.

Thing is, their request contradicts the Dallas City Code, which says "a street name commemorating a person or a historic site or area is prohibited until at least two years after the death of the person to be honored or the occurrence of the event to be commemorated." And Garrett, who founded the church 37 years ago and raised eight children, is very much alive at 82 years old. Which means a waiver's needed from the City Plan Commission, which will take up the subject this afternoon, and both the Subdivision Review Committee Recommendation and city staff have recommended approval.

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But I live on Bexar and this is the first I am hearing of this name change. Do the residents of Bexar Street get a say if someone is allowed to have a street named after them? My answer to the request is "NO!" If you want to name a street, build a new street along the new development he has created for the homeless, the redevelopment of land, or the projected new neighborhood. This is sickening how they manage to target such minor issues instead of taking on the major concerns such as the lockout of this part of Dallas. Funny how people who are not homeless have money but must travel to Uptown, Greenville Ave, Cockrell Hill, or Westmoreland to shop. Our tax dollars are spent there and the lie is told that we do not have a tax base here. Could it be our money has to be spent elsewhere because we do not have adequate shopping available to us? I refuse to go shopping at any of the crappy liquor stores. My money will not touch the floor of a place that does not reinvest in keeping its building up and using money to further build the community that supports it. But I am way off topic and will get to the column about Bexar Street and continue my passionate views on Bexar Street.

Cavoshia Turner
Cavoshia Turner

Well as of today, my grandfather the late Rev.Carlton Garrett did plenty for south Dallas when he was alive. He deserves Bexar street renaming but so you know, the only reason He getting Municipal instead, is cause of construction!! So. Please is you don't have anything nice to say, don't mention him at all. Good day!! His street sign got put up today as a matter of fact!! God is good!!

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