THIS IS A BAD IDEA. Why?
- Because Mike Fahey has been out of office barely 100 days.
- Naming any kind of public street or building after a living individual is fraught with all kinds of potential unintended consequences
- Mike Fahey continues to be involved in city politics just as Hal Daub, P. J. Morgan and other former mayors
- Mike Fahey is a Democrat operative
- Mike Fahey is still a potential candidate for state or local office in the future
- What makes Mike Fahey's contributions more deserving of such recognition than that of other former mayors?
Having noted the above, this is a bad idea, but even worse it is clearly one that makes no sense. Why would you name a street after Fahey? If you do so, why wouldn't you name the Qwest Center after Hal Daub? Why not the West Dodge Expressway which Daub supported and Fahey opposed?
I'd be delighted to see Hal Daub recognized for the significant improvements he brought to the City of Omaha. I also recognize that Mike Fahey had his accomplishments. But starting the process of naming anything after recent mayors is just bad policy that simply can't be justified unless you recognize the accomplishments of all former mayors who have had a significant impact on our city.