Businesses respond to Brady name change

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 8/16/2013 11:47 pm Published: 8/16/2013 11:41 pm

It's been a controversial subject, from the start. Some in downtown are now wondering just how much changing the name of Brady Street could cost them.    

As we first reported Thursday night, the Tulsa City-Council voted to change “Brady Street” to “M.B. Brady Street," recognizing Mathew Brady, a noted Civil War journalist.

The change was in response to those opposed to a street named for Tulsa business-pioneer Tate Brady, who some claim had ties to the KKK.

It will cost $6,000 to $10,000 to change the signs, but don't worry, that money won't come out of your pocket. It's being picked up by an anonymous donor, but FOX23 learned the businesses aren't so lucky.

Stephanie Duvall loves that her bar sits in the heart of the Brady District.

"The Brady District has been here for a long time and we are the most diverse district in Tulsa," she said.

She gets to meet all kinds of people.

"Everybody down her loves each other, everybody gets along."

Duvall is sympathetic to why people wanted the street name changed, but the change as small as it is, is going to cost her two places and others, quite a bundle.

It's about more than changing signs. When that happens, businesses will have to change everything, they have an address on.

"Letterheads, menus, here at the bar we have matches with our address on them,” Duvall explained. “You know T-shirts hats."

She's not alone.

Bill Copeland, the manager of a chocolate shop, said they’ll have to change their business cards and website."

Don't forget the signage on the door.

FOX23 found nearly every business on Brady Street has their address displayed, and that will have to change too.

Copeland had already crunched the numbers on how much it will take to change everything, up to$5,000.

They’re keeping a positive attitude though.

"I gotta sell more chocolate, but that's ok. We're going along with everybody and that's a good thing," Copeland said.

Businesses won't start making all the changes until the street signs are changed. As far as the timing on that goes, FOX23 checked with numerous city councilors today, and they aren't sure when the official renaming will be.

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WyoMoe - 8/19/2013 1:40 PM
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Tate Brady was Tried and Convicted WITHOUT A TRIAL!!!! Lets just say it was all a mistake and keep it Brady Street or Brady District! I agree with Mayor, MLK would not be a Role Model for my children. Lets change the name of that street to John Glenn Blvd.

Mayor Maynot - 8/19/2013 1:14 PM
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We should definitely change MLK blvd to something else. Seems like MLK was little more than a common garden variety criminal. Not what I would laud as an example for my children.

pammio53 - 8/19/2013 9:03 AM
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im wondering why the councilmen changed there votes and the last guy didnt vote at all... the first vote was 4 to 4 tie thats 8 people... the final vote was 7 to 1 total of 8 still leaving one out i want to know why? being a legal citizen its my right to know ..i feel cheated

billw001 - 8/19/2013 6:54 AM
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The whole thing is a cluster funk. Nothing but a bunch of idiots with nothing better to do and waste everyone's time. ANYONE who voted for this change needs to be fired for wasting tax payer's money......

Mayor Maynot - 8/18/2013 6:27 PM
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Brady may have been a clan member for a minute. But history shows that Brady was anti clan in the end. So this was merely a vain attempt by Henderson to find a slim reason to turn Tulsa into his own little Negro nation. What a schlemp Henderson is. Bar him from council
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