Apr 2, 2021 - News
Community weighs in on the future of George Floyd Square
A sculpture of a fist at George Floyd Square
Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Residents and business owners in the neighborhood that surrounds 38th and Chicago are split on what should happen to the memorial marking George Floyd Square when the intersection reopens, results of a city survey show.

The details: Eight in 10 people who responded to the survey expressed support for one of the two design options presented.

  • The respondents were fairly evenly divided between keeping the fist sculpture erected in the street where it is and routing traffic around the art, or moving it to the northwest corner of the intersection.
  • Meanwhile, 16% of those surveyed opposed both proposals, indicating "a desire for justice before any design changes."
  • And 3% wanted the memorial fully removed.

What's next: The city plans to proceed with reopening the intersection once the trial is over, over objections of some activists who have been occupying the area.

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