Update: October 28, 2021

Exciting news! North and South Philly agree: It’s Time to Rename Taney Street!

The movement to rename Taney Street has grown dramatically over the past year, starting with a small group of dedicated volunteers to a now citywide coalition of RCOs, community groups, and community leaders who all support the renaming process.

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson supports renaming the portion of Taney Street in Council District 2. 

Councilmember Curtis Jones supports renaming the portion of Taney Street in Council District 4.

left to right: Julian Abele, Dred Scott, Sadie Alexander, Caroline LeCount, and Octavius Catto

Take the survey and help choose a new name


Update: May 6, 2021

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Spring 2020, Taney Street residents publicly questioned the appropriateness of the street’s name.  Named in 1858, one year after the Dred Scott Decision, it honors an individual whose actions conflict with the city of Philadelphia’s values of being a diverse and inclusive city.

The all-volunteer residents’ group has worked with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff to develop a community engagement process around the possibility of renaming Taney Street. The process was endorsed by community organizations in the neighborhoods where the street exists in the 2nd district.

Rename Taney Coalition Member Organizations: 

  • Residents Organized for Advocacy and Direction (Gray’s Ferry), 
  • Fitler Square Neighborhood Association (Fitler Square), 
  • Young Chances Foundation (Gray’s Ferry), 
  • Center City Residents Association (Center City), 
  • South of South Neighborhood Association (Southwest Center City)

As agreed upon with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff, the next steps of the process are 

1) to circulate a community engagement report based on the engagement activities of the past year:

Read the report 

Most notably, 89% of Taney Street residents who completed the survey support changing the name. This report will be circulated through the relevant neighborhood organizations and citywide media. 

2) to conduct a survey of S. Taney Street residents and neighbors to determine the finalists for a new name that represents the character and history of Philadelphia:

Take the survey and help choose a new name

The survey will take less than five minutes.  Please complete the survey.

Ultimately the decision to rename Taney Street, which has stood for 163 years, is made by City Council: A bill that includes a new name must be passed by Council in order to officially change the name.  The bill would go through a committee hearing and have an opportunity for public testimony before being brought to a vote.

The volunteer group, along with the neighborhood organizations, continues to work with Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s staff to establish precisely how the decision will be made. There will be continued communication and transparency in this process and additional opportunity for public input. Thank you for your participation in this process!

Please find an FAQ about the next steps here

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Timeline

Next Steps

  1. Community-wide vote on finalist names – Started October 28
  2. Door-to-door outreach with doorhangers – August 15- ongoing
  3. Community engagements events in Council District 2, Council District 4, and Council District 5
  4. Councilmember drafts legislation with a new name
  5. Legislation goes through committee hearing and public testimony

January – October 2021

  • Working group and City Council staff evaluate town hall feedback and survey data
  • Wrote report from the virtual town hall
  • Rename Taney Coalition and City Council staff evaluated town hall feedback and survey data, as well as report feedback
  • Community organizations review report and support findings
  • Report and naming finalist survey released to community participants and media – August 15 – October 28

December 2020

  • Community Survey – launched Dec 8
  • Virtual town hall: “Our City, Our Streets, Our Choice”Dec 14

November – December 2020

  • Digital design and production of outreach materials (doorhangers, community survey, website)
  • Conducted outreach to community organizations, and trained community discussion facilitators
  • Volunteers distributed doorhangers to affected households on (or within 2 blocks of) Taney St.

September – October 2020

  • Working group applied for grant funding and fundraised to support the community engagement process
  • Working group partnered with stakeholder engagement firm Connect the Dots to design a robust community engagement process

June – August 2020

  • Petition signatories list grew to over 2,700
  • Press published on local effort to rename Taney St. (Inquirer, CBS News)
  • Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, Councilmember Darrell Clarke, and Mayor Kenney all made public statements supporting the community’s goal to rename Taney Street.
  • Gained the support of registered community organizations: Fitler Square Neighborhood Association, Center City Residents Association, South of South Neighborhood Association, as well as Gray’s Ferry community organizers
  • Working group made of community orgs met with Councilmember Johnson’s staff 5 times to define a mutually agreed upon community engagement process

You can show your continued support for the coalition to Rename Taney Street and get a great t-shirt in the process. Proceeds will offset the cost of canvassing materials.

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JOIN RENAME TANEY ST
Are you a community organization, small business, or nonprofit and want to officially sign onto RENAME TANEY STREET? Send an email to info@renametaney.com and we will add your logo

This coalition has been organized by www.fitlersquareneighbors.org