For 30 years, Gene Winstead made an impact as mayor of Bloomington. Now a street will be named after him to honor his years of service. On November 29, the Bloomington City Council voted to change the name of 28th Avenue South to Winstead Way.
“I’m humbled and flattered,” former Mayor Winstead said. “Many of the streets in the city are named after families and people, kind of like the founders, who have contributed to Bloomington. It’s nice to know that the many years of service are being recognized and appreciated.”
Mayor Tim Busse formally requested consideration of a permanent street renaming. In a proposal to Bloomington’s city engineer, Mayor Busse said “The purpose of this proposal is to recognize and memorialize the tremendous record of service, legacy of leadership, and vision that Gene Winstead demonstrated over more than 30 years of service to the city of Bloomington.”
Winstead’s involvement in public service began in the late 1980s when he was asked to sit on a committee to give input on one of the first major intersections in the city. Then he became involved in the HRA and the planning commission before running for mayor.
“I figured I’d serve a term or two, and it ended up being five terms,” Winstead said. “I really enjoyed the work, working with City staff and interacting with all the people in Bloomington, because this is where we live.”
A Bloomington resident since 1977, Winstead said nearly 90,000 people in Bloomington is how he defines community, and they became a part of his life—an enjoyable part.
According to Mayor Busse, the renaming of 28th Avenue South is appropriate because of its location in the South Loop District, an area of the City that has been remade under Winstead’s leadership.
“His role as mayor to champion numerous projects that have made South Loop the thriving place it is today are all reasons to warrant this lasting honor,” Mayor Busse said. “Gene Winstead is the longest serving mayor in Bloomington’s 160-plus year history, and his accomplishments and tenure are worthy of a named place in Bloomington’s history.”
The installation of the new street signs will happen in spring 2022. For questions about the street naming process in Bloomington, contact the engineering division at 952-563-4870.