After The Paseo vote, MLK activists set sights elsewhere

November 11, 2019 - 6:13 am

Kansas City, MO - An online petition seeks to change the name of another iconic street in Kansas City,

The petition urges city leaders to change the name of J.C. Nichols Parkway to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, after voters said overwhelmingly last week they want The Paseo's name changed back. 

Nichols helped to promote racial disunity through city planning practices, said Mikal Shapiro, a supporter of the petition. 

"It brings awareness to the legacy that J.C. Nichols left here, which is of these racial divides, through red-lining," Shapiro told KMBC Channel 9 News.

Red-lining is the practice of refusing home loans or insurance to certain areas, or to certain people, because of a perceived risk.  

Shapiro believes that changing J.C. Nichols Parkway to MLK Jr. Drive would help bridge the racial divide in the city.

The petition collected more than 1,600 signatures in just a few days. 

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