Manchaca to Menchaca? Austin City Council to discuss changing name of major corridor

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One of Austin’s popular southern corridors may get a name change—rather a name correction—if Austin City Council members vote in favor in the coming weeks.

Phonetically expressed “MAN-chak” in Austinese, Manchaca Road in South Austin has not only been mispronounced for decades, but according to a local group it has been misspelled for almost 200 years.

Retired Judge Bob Perkins and his nonprofit Justice for Menchaca have been working to get the word out that the road that stretches roughly eight miles between South Lamar Boulevard and FM 1626 is actually named after Texas Revolution captain José Antonio Menchaca.

In February, District 3 Council Member Pio Renteria filed an application with the city clerk to rename the road from Manchaca to Menchaca Road. On Thursday, Austin City Council will set a public hearing—which staff recommends for Thursday, Oct. 4—to hear stakeholder sentiment about the potential name change. According to city documents, about 1,650 property owners within Austin proper abut Manchaca Road.

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  1. It seems to me that there are plenty of more impo’tant thangs for the city solons to consider other than PC stuff that does little to improve the lives of Austin’s residents.

    • I say its not about being a wee bit more educated – its about keeping those silly little things that make South Austin – South Austin! Its a way for us to identify who has been here for a long while or who is new in town 😉

      On a more serious note – we have WAY more important issues that need to be dealt with. How about all the folks taking up residence under our bridges – and all the trash (cans, bottles, paper bags, etc and the grocery carts being stolen from area business) that litters our streets. What is happening to our lovely south Austin – actually it’s everywhere in Austin is a bigger priority in my opinion.

  2. Unless Bob Perkins can prove without a doubt that Manchaca was named for Jose Antonio Menchaca as he claims then I would say that the name should stay as it is. There is also a school named in Jose Antonio Menchaca’s honor in the city of Manchaca. I understand that Perkins’ non-profit has raised the money to pay for new street signs but there will be many people and businesses that will have to incur costs to change the spelling. As a native Austinite who lives in South Austin, overall I would say no to the change.

  3. Isn’t Manchaca Road named as it is because it goes to Manchaca, Texas? Moreover the earliest written referrals to this area are written as “Manshack.” It should stay as it is.

  4. ok so ! time to change mopac to u-pac

    it is no longer the Missouri Pacific Railway Corridor as the Missouri Pacific is defunct

    The railway line is now Union Pacific

    what is this !!!? the Mandela affect! ‘its not manchaca it’s menchaca’

    then I look up .. kingdom nightclub is gone and painted so is karma gone like it was never there

    a Trump like figure is buying up all of Austin and Threadgills is gonna be torn down

    so is hooters

    hes buying Austin by the blocks

    the club I seen Dave Aude’ and Tydi , BT .. is now a Walmart

    some say ‘change the name of Austin’

    Please! make it stop! this is a bad dream! lol

    In a seriousness , to all the people living on Manchaca .. do you realize how much confusion this is going to cause on bills and accounts and records and files for the addresses of everybody to be abruptly changed .. for not a good enough reason ? I mean , y’all wanna put an apostrophe on Guadalupe (‘) while u at it ? I mean .. juss sayin Dogg juss sayin

    more important focus and question would be .. how come major corporations can buy all of Austin while stomping on the little places that made it .. The a$$ hat Trump like wanna be figure who bought Kingdom didn’t even have the courtesy to allow the concept owner of Kingdom to get his music equipment out the building just abruptly changed the lock

    We need a Mayor and town council and city leadership to not allow that type of stuff to happen

    enough worrying about street names it like they want to erase ALL Austin identify and pave Paradise and put up a parking garage for Facebook and Google .. forget music. forget the people who made the town. forget the major players who made downtown districts destinations in the first place. All y’all care about is money. The name could be Facebook Drive and you would approve that instantly. IF Amazon.. decided that HQ2 was going on Manchac! Believe! Baby! it would be renamed Jeff Bezos Boulevard by morning time!

    Austin is one interesting place .. not sure if I like it with all the changes .. I loved Kingdom NightClub

    man rip Kingdom

    you can name streets whatever .. but you are ripping out everything that made this city great and replacing it with ‘Exclusive’ Members Only Access and bright and shiny key code boxes

    man .. oh well

    sigh

  5. priorities man

    ok so ! time to change mopac to u-pac

    it is no longer the Missouri Pacific Railway Corridor as the Missouri Pacific is defunct

    The railway line is now Union Pacific

    what is this !!!? the Mandela affect! ‘its not manchaca it’s menchaca’

    then I look up .. kingdom nightclub is gone and painted so is karma gone like it was never there

    a Trump like figure is buying up all of Austin and Threadgills is gonna be torn down

    so is hooters

    hes buying Austin by the blocks

    the club I seen Dave Aude’ and Tydi , BT .. is now a Walmart

    some say ‘change the name of Austin’

    Please! make it stop! this is a bad dream! lol

    In a seriousness , to all the people living on Manchaca .. do you realize how much confusion this is going to cause on bills and accounts and records and files for the addresses of everybody to be abruptly changed .. for not a good enough reason ? I mean , y’all wanna put an apostrophe on Guadalupe (‘) while u at it ? I mean .. juss sayin Dogg juss sayin

    more important focus and question would be .. how come major corporations can buy all of Austin while stomping on the little places that made it .. The a$$ hat Trump like wanna be figure who bought Kingdom didn’t even have the courtesy to allow the concept owner of Kingdom to get his music equipment out the building just abruptly changed the lock

    We need a Mayor and town council and city leadership to not allow that type of stuff to happen

    enough worrying about street names it like they want to erase ALL Austin identify and pave Paradise and put up a parking garage for Facebook and Google .. forget music. forget the people who made the town. forget the major players who made downtown districts destinations in the first place. All y’all care about is money. The name could be Facebook Drive and you would approve that instantly. IF Amazon.. decided that HQ2 was going on Manchac! Believe! Baby! it would be renamed Jeff Bezos Boulevard by morning time!

    Austin is one interesting place .. not sure if I like it with all the changes .. I loved Kingdom NightClub

    man rip Kingdom

    you can name streets whatever .. but you are ripping out everything that made this city great and replacing it with ‘Exclusive’ Members Only Access and bright and shiny key code boxes

    man .. oh well

    sigh

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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