From the Associated Press:
Washington — D.C. residents have spoken, and they don’t just want to rename Pennsylvania Avenue to call attention to their lack of full representation in Congress. They want to rename two other historic streets as well.
D.C. Council member Michael Brown now plans to introduce a bill to ceremonially rename Pennsylvania, Independence and Constitution avenues.
The new names were drawn from responses to an online survey. Brown says the majority of participants favored renaming all three streets.
Under one proposal, Pennsylvania Avenue would be dubbed D.C. Statehood Way. Independence Avenue would be Let D.C. Vote Way, and Constitution Avenue would be Free D.C. Avenue. A second proposal would switch the new names for Pennsylvania and Independence avenues.
Brown also wants to note D.C.’s lack of representation on highway gateway signs.
The plan is for the original street names to remain, and hang the statehood monikers underneath.
But if “D.C. Statehood Way” sounds like a cul-de-sac, it probably is. A Congress without any sense of humor could overrule the move. And probably would.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider