NEW ORLEANS - The City Council Street Renaming Commission (CCSRC) has unveiled a comprehensive website with its preliminary list of streets, parks and public places honoring Confederate soldiers and white supremacists to be considered for renaming, as well as informational resources and public comment forms encouraging members of the community to provide feedback and further engage in the process.
Via two comment forms available at nolaccsrc.org, the public may submit their recommendations for street(s), park(s) or public place(s) throughout New Orleans to be renamed or any individuals worthy of honorary name recognition. The full website, which was partially launched on August 5, now features an interactive map page highlighting the initial list of streets for renaming by the CCSRC with background information on each.
The CCSRC was established by the Council in June through Motion (M-20-170) to initiate an in-depth public process with residents and community stakeholders such as the New Orleans Public Library, City Planning Commission (CPC), higher education institutions, local historians, and more, to make recommendations to the Council to support ongoing efforts to address public landmarks idealizing the racist and divisive values of the past.
The release of the website and the CCSRC's first report represents a significant step forward for the Council and the entire City of New Orleans. The Commission will continue to work closely alongside various partners from the public and private sectors to facilitate a more expeditious process for citywide renaming. They encourage all New Orleanians to engage and help support these efforts by submitting public comments at nolaccsrc.org/feedback.
"Our work honors this country's earliest beliefs in fostering a more perfect union and ensuring domestic tranquility," said CCSRC Chairman Karl J. Connor. "This website helps engage our citizens and shows New Orleans' dedication to being an example of how we live and thrive together."
"In forming the CCSRC, our highest priority was to ensure we are continuing to engage the public in this process," said District "C" Councilmember Palmer. "I am incredibly excited about the launch of this full website, which will help the Commission carry out its most critical functions by allowing the public to learn more about their city through a rich set of historical resources and give feedback on those we choose to honor."
"The driving principle behind our creation of this task force has always been and remains public input," said District "B" Councilmember Jay H. Banks. "The City belongs to us all, and everyone's voice should be heard. This thoughtful and comprehensive process will help us do just that and create the best possible outcome for New Orleans.
Street renaming and honorary dedication public comment forms now accessible at nolaccsrc.org
Karl J. Connor
City Council Street Renaming Commission
District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer