Kansas City voters get to choose: MLK Boulevard or The Paseo

Marc LaVoie
June 07, 2019 - 7:27 am

Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City city council approved adding a question to the fall election ballot that could switch the name of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard back to The Paseo. 

Signs with the new name have already been put up all along the historic The Paseo.

The council voted in January to switch the name of The Paseo to honor of the civil rights leader. 

At the time, Kansas City was the only major city in the U.S. that did not have a street named for King.

A citizen's group called Save the Paseo formed shortly after the January vote. They gathered enough signatures to force a public referendum on the issue. The signatures were certified last month.

Save the Paseo leaders say they have no problems with King being honored with a street name, but they believe there are better options than renaming The Paseo, which has historic significance of its own. 

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