“Brady Street should be an example to the world of what reconciliation should look like,” Ewing said.
But not everyone agreed that the compromise change solved the problem. Several residents at the City Council meeting said the change seemed superficial to them.
“Take the Brady name down, period, and bury it with Tate Brady. That’s where it belongs,” James Johnson told KOTV.
Ewing said changing the street’s name to honor Mathew Brady, a native of New York, will pay homage to an artist in a district that promotes the arts.
“I don’t know that this is perfect, but it’s better than staying what it is,” he said. “This was our effort at compromise.”
The operators of two businesses in the area said they believe changing the street’s name was unnecessary.
“I was fine with the way it was,” said Chad Rodgers, general manager of Cain’s Ballroom, a music venue housed in a structure built in 1924 to serve as a garage for Wyatt Tate Brady.
“I think it was silly,” Rodgers said. “History is in the past and we’ve moved on. We can’t rewrite history. We’ve all come such a long way from how it was.”
Nina Weiss, co-owner of Classic Cigar and Lounge, said the district is one of the most culturally and racially diverse areas she has ever seen.
“Stuff that happened to Tate Brady, that was 100 years ago. Who should care about that?” she said.