KYLE, Texas – The City of Kyle decided earlier this month to rename West Ranch to Market Road 150, which was previously called “Rebel Drive.” But after locals expressed discomfort with the new name choice, the Central Texas city is going back to the drawing board.
What You Need To Know
- City voted to rename "Rebel Drive"
- Picked a new name: "Fajita Drive"
- Back to drawing board after community feedback
On August 18, the city council voted to rename “Rebel Drive” to “Fajita Drive.” According to a news release from the city, the name was a dedication to a man named Juan Antonio “Sonny” Falcón, who is credited for selling for first fajita taco at a concession booth in Kyle.
Following that vote, locals created an online petition asking for the city to rethink the new name.
“This does not honor our culture or community. As a Kyle citizen and Hispanic woman, I do not take my pride in my community and culture solely through enchiladas, tacos, and especially, fajitas. I do not think the renaming of Rebel Road, known for its connection to racial inequality, to Fajita Road is serving any meaningful purpose. To a name street after a piece of meat, in hopes of honoring its diversity, in fact, ignores many wonderful aspects, history, leaders, and culture of our community,” read the petition.
It reached its goal of 1,000 signatures within three days of being posted online.
The city ultimarely decided to rescind the vote for the new name on Tuesday. As part of the decision, a committee will be formed to bring forward new name suggestions for the street.
Some money has also been set aside to use as grants for any residents impacted by the eventual name change.
Until another new name is selected, the road is being referred to as its state name, West Ranch to Market Road 150. “Rebel Drive” was removed in order to “be more reflective of the City’s diverse community and history.”