In most big cities, altering a street sign is not much cause for fanfare. But Fort Lauderdale’s decision to re-brand one particular street is being hailed by many in the city’s African-American community.
City commissioners decided Tuesday night that the name “Sistrunk Boulevard” will no longer stop near the railroad tracks, a segregation-era dividing line between the city’s black and white communities. Sistrunk will now appear along with Northeast Sixth Street on signs running through Flagler Village, a section quickly gentrifying into a predominantly white neighborhood.
Last month, we brought you the story of a Fort Lauderdale community divided over a street name honoring one of the city's African-American heroes. Since then, one of the neighborhoods in question has done a complete about-face that could end years of emotional debate.
But at least one city official has questions about what sparked the turn-around.