Brady Street Business Owners Frustrated With Yet Another Name Change
TULSA, Oklahoma - Early next year there will no longer be a Brady Street in Tulsa's Arts District. Business owners said they're frustrated the city council is changing the name for a 3rd time.
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Brady Street business owners dealt with a name change 5 years ago, now they are frustrated because it's going to cost them money to change everything again.
M.B. Brady Street is changing its name again; this time to Reconciliation Way. Tulsa city councilors voted this week in favor of the nearly $7,000 name change and business owners don't like it.
"It'll change our mailing address. We'll have to go to all the websites we are listed on and change our addresses. We have to go to all of our vendors and change addresses with them," said Bob Fleischman with the Tulsa Arts District Business Association.
Fleischman said these changes will cost business owners time and money, but unfortunately, they've gone through this before.
"The cost is something we know we are going to have to bear. We beared it 4 or 5 years ago and we will do it again," said Fleischman.
City councilors say the change is important because using the name "Brady" still sends the wrong message. It was originally named after Tate Brady, who founded Tulsa but was also a member of the KKK.
"By continuing to keep the street name Brady, we as a community, without tax dollars paying for those street signs, were continuing to honor someone who’s history was showing not to be worthy of the honor," said City Councilor Blake Ewing.
The city council voted 8 to 1 to change the name but some business owners are disappointed their voices are not being heard.
"If there's a frustration it's in perhaps not being involved at all in the process of what that new name would be,” said Fleischman.
The city council said the name change will take effect July 1st of 2019.