I don't know what is going to happen. The reaction on my neighborhood's Facebook page has been overwhelmingly negative, which has surprised me. The Old Northeast is the most ethnically-diverse part of Kansas City, and minorities are the largest demographic. This issue is making people angry more than any single one I've seen in the 10 years I've lived in the neighborhood.
There appears to be movement to stop it. I don't know how it will play out. Don't be surprised if there is either a lawsuit, or voter initiative. The opposition doesn't appear to be against MLK Jr. having something named, but in the selection of The Paseo. People seem supportive of one of the numbered streets going east-west, or the airport terminal.
Naming the airport terminal after Dr. King also would not require any residents or businesses to update all their personal information.
The council members that voted for it, and who are running for mayor, appear to be losing support. People are openly vowing not to vote for any of them in the mayor's race. It seems to be hurting Justus the most, and helping Canady.
I sense that Mayor James knew this would happen, and that's why he appointed a City commission to make the recommendation after study. I recall there was an effort by Eastside ministers to put the matter on the ballot. The mayor appeared worried that a vote would fail if The Paseo was the ballot choice, and that's why he formed the Commission.
Anyway, that's my read right now.