Downtown’s King Drive identify change to be promoted by Milwaukee guests bureau | WUWM 89.7 FM

The native conference and guests bureau stated it plans to broadly publicize a avenue identify change that formally occurred in downtown Milwaukee Monday.

Third Avenue from Wisconsin Avenue, north to McKinley Avenue, is now not Previous World Third Avenue. As a substitute, that stretch is now Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, matching the long-existing King Drive identify north of McKinley.

Lindsey McKee is the communications supervisor for VISIT Milwaukee. She stated the identify change might be promoted.

“We at all times attempt to promote how various and superb Milwaukee is, and this can be a nice instance of that range, actually being introduced into our downtown space and into the center of our metropolis,” McKee stated.

McKee stated the identify “Previous World” is just not utterly going away.

“The Previous World Third Avenue Leisure District is now positioned on MLK Drive, which is superb. Once more, it speaks to our range. From German, to African-American, to every little thing in between, we’re a vacation spot,” she stated.

Milwaukee Ald. Milele Coggs speaks on the King Drive re-naming ceremony on Monday.

A political compromise 38 years in the past created the Previous World avenue designation within the blocks close to Usinger’s and Mader’s. These two institutions are nonetheless there. However Milwaukee Ald. Milele Coggs stated conversations through the years together with her daughter and now-deceased civil rights icon Vel Phillips satisfied Coggs to suggest the road identify change.

Her thought obtained unanimous assist from the Frequent Council.

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