What kind of legacy would you want the name of Taney Street to reflect?
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Spring 2020, Taney Street residents publicly questioned the appropriateness of the street’s name as it honors an individual whose actions conflict with the city of Philadelphia's values of being a diverse and inclusive city.
The all-volunteer residents group has worked with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff to develop a community engagement process around the possibility of renaming Taney Street. The process was endorsed by the registered community organizations in the neighborhoods where the street exists in the 2nd district.
Rename Taney Coalition Member Organizations:
Residents Organized for Advocacy and Direction (Gray's Ferry),
Fitler Square Neighborhood Association (Fitler Square),
Young Chances Foundation (Gray's Ferry),
Center City Residents Association (Center City),
South Of South Neighborhood Association (Southwest Center City)
As agreed upon with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff, the next step of the process is to circulate a community engagement report:
This report will be circulated through the relevant neighborhood organizations and citywide media.
This survey asks the community to determine the finalists for a new name that represents the character and history of Philadelphia.
Ultimately the decision to rename Taney Street, which has stood for 163 years, comes down to City Council: A bill that includes a new name must be passed by Council in order to officially change the name. The volunteer group, along with the neighborhood organizations, continues to work with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff to establish precisely how the decision will be made. There will be continued communication and transparency in this process and additional opportunity for public input.
I reviewed the community engagement report:
Your name (first and last)
Where do you live, operate a business or non-profit? (please check all that apply)
Within 1 block of South Taney St
On South Taney Street
Outside of 1 block of Taney St
Within 1 block North Taney St
On North Taney Street
How do you identify? (this question is optional)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Do you approve of changing the name of Taney Street?
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