Way back in 2007, the Broadway Bridge was named after Southie native and City Council President Jimmy Kelly. On Thursday, it was “discovered” that the Kelly name was removed from the bridge and replaced by “Welcome to the West Broadway Bridge” with Mayor Michelle Wu’s name.
According to the Boston Herald, this “mysterious error” wasn’t done intentionally. Ricardo Patron, a Wu spokesperson, told the Herald via a statement, “The old sign was to be updated but not changed, and the vendor accidentally included the location of the sign. The property management team is working to address this issue as soon as possible.”
Hmmm…well, to keep you up to speed, there have been many local activists in Boston trying to rename the bridge because of Kelly’s anti-busing stances in the 1970s and accusations and allegations of racism.
Oh, boy. So now what will the mayor do? Keep the sign the way it is or add the name back to the bridge. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
City Councilor Ed Flynn made the following statement on social media:
“Please note many of you have called my office upon noticing that City of Boston ‘Welcome to South Boston’ sign now incorrectly states the ‘West Broadway Bridge’ instead of the correct name — the James M. Kelly Bridge. I attended the bridge naming ceremony in 2007. In recent years, I have been on the record both with city officials and in several reports against renaming the bridge.”
So now we wait and see.