There’s a long tradition of naming streets after prominent Packers players and coaches in Green Bay, but a proposal to rename a street after current coach Mike McCarthy has hit a snag.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has been the leader of the effort to change the name of part of Ashland Avenue in honor of the Packers coach, but the proposal calls for changing the street name in neighboring Ashwaubenon and De Pere as well. The De Pere City Council has decided to send the proposal for further evaluation of the cost of the change.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the city council wants to look at whether or not grant money should be used to compensate businesses and individuals affected by the change, presumably because they would have to change materials featuring their address to reflect the change. Officials also wondered if it was a wise idea to change the name of a street before the honoree’s career has come to an end.
Local leaders thought they had done that when they named a street after former Packers quarterback Brett Favre in 2008, but, as you’re likely aware, Favre had other things in mind.