Commemorative street name to honor George Floyd approved by Minneapolis Planning Commission

    Mourners at the George Floyd memorial on Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street. Photo by Macklin Caruso/Minnesota Reformer.

    The Minneapolis City Planning Commission voted Monday to rename a stretch of Chicago Avenue in honor of George Floyd, who was killed May 25 when a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. 

    Chicago Avenue between 37th Street and 39th Street will be given the commemorative name George Perry Floyd Jr Place, if the City Council approves the proposal next month. The intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where Floyd was killed, has become a site of mourning and homage to his memory.

    “I think it’s important at this juncture of Minneapolis history that we acknowledge the reality of what happened at this intersection,” said City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins, who spoke in favor of the proposal.

    The new street name won’t change the addresses of businesses or homes, but Jenkins said it would be an important reminder of the discriminatory housing and city planning practices in south Minneapolis that contributed to the neighborhood’s economic exclusion.

    “Certainly Mr. Floyd’s untimely demise brought a light of attention that we haven’t seen in recent years to issues of police brutality, systemic racism, as well as the issues of zoning and policy that create these kinds of conditions,” Jenkins said.

    The City Council will consider the proposal on Sept. 18.

    Reformer intern Avi Waldman is a junior at the University of Chicago working on a degree in English language and literature. She edits and reports for the independent student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon. She previously interned at San Diego CityBeat. In her free time, she enjoys cross-country road trips and is a proud cat parent.