City Council was poised to give final approval yesterday to rename the iconic roadway after DuSable, Chicago’s first permanent non-indigenous settler. The lead supporter of the change, Ald. David Moore, 17th, was confident he had the votes to see it through. But a parliamentary maneuver by two other aldermen sidetracked an up-down vote until the City Council meets again.
The mayor has not explicitly said she’s opposed to the rename, but she said yesterday she’s heard opposition from many. “It’s one of the most iconic assets the city has,” she said. “When you say ‘Lake Shore Drive,’ people know you’re talking about Chicago, and I think that’s very important.”
She is proposing spending upwards of $40 million to honor DuSable in four different ways:
“Through this plan, a private developer will invest $10 million, and the city will invest $30 million for the full development of DuSable Park,” adjacent to the vacant Spire site, the city says in a statement. Also planned: commissioning new public art projects “and programming to create the DuSable Riverwalk, as well as the establishment of the annual DuSable Festival.”