City of Phoenix considering changing name of Squaw Peak Drive

Posted at 7:40 AM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 00:26:10-04

The City of Phoenix is considering changing the name of a street despite homeowners' opposition.

Current city policy requires 75 percent of property owners in an area to sign a petition in support of a name change.  However, city councilors can also vote to make a change without the homeowners' support.

Mayor Greg Stanton wants to rename Squaw Peak Drive -- which many say is derogatory toward Native American women.

Sixteen of the 21 homeowners signed a petition that was presented to City Council asking Mayor Stanton not to rename Squaw Peak Drive.

The street is at the base of "Piestewa Peak" -- formerly called Squaw Peak.

The name change issue will be discussed at 2:30 p.m. on June 27th.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.