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More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama.
“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the online petition, which had racked up nearly 71,000 signatures on MoveOn.org as of Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, the petition has 91,007 signatures. The article goes on to state the following:
“We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers,” the petition continues.
The report states that the person who started the petition, Elizabeth Rowin, said it first began as a joke last year, but then the idea that it would make President Trump “so mad” to have the street in front of his building named after Obama inspired her to take it seriously.
Rowin reached out to the New York City Council and learned some council members were interested in taking it seriously as well.
The current rule that a person must be deceased for at least two years to have a street named after them may propose a bit of a problem, but Rowin expressed hope that policy can be changed.
85,000 people have signed a petition to rename the street in front of Trump Tower the “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”
Let’s Get to 100,000!
— The Resistance 🇺🇸 (@NightlyPolitics) August 14, 2019
If the petition is successful, the Manhattan Trump Tower will have a new address: 725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue, New York, NY 10022. https://t.co/smxd9nLCj1
— The Hill (@thehill) August 13, 2019
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