TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Ida Street in Tupelo could soon be renamed in hopes of bettering its reputation.
Residents of Ida Street are typically lower-income families.
Tupelo City Councilwoman Nettie Davis commented, "Ida Street had some negative connotations about it a few years back. Some of the things that relate to Ida Street where people used to live in the apartment complexes they got in bad condition."
A new name means a new reputation.
Ida Street is named after Ida B. Wells, a civil rights activist born in Holly Springs in 1862 as a slave.
Davis is hoping because there is local history to the area with the name that it can better the reputation of Ida Street.
The Tupelo City Council held a work session Tuesday and opened the conversation about the name change.
The Council didn't make a decision.
Davis said she doesn't necessarily want to change the name, she wants to call it Ida B. Wells Street.
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