Thousands sign petition to rename New York street after ex-President
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the area of Fifth Avenue in New York, that runs in front of Trump Tower, to be renamed after former President Obama.
The MoveOn petition started to gain traction over the weekend and aims to rename the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets to be “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”
If the petition is successful, it would force President Trump to change the address of his Trump Tower building in NYC, where headquarters for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign will be located on the 15th floor.
The petition was started by Elizabeth Rowin, who claims the street should be renamed after Barack Hussein Obama II because his presidency was “completely scandal free.”
“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown LA in his honor,” the petition reads.
“We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president who saved our nation from the Great Recession, achieved too many other accomplishments to list, and whose two terms in office were completely scandal free.”
According to Sputnik, the request would have to be first approved by the New York City Council before Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio could sign off on the name change.
Now, if such a measure is approved by city officials, the move would affect one high-profile skyscraper.
Trump Tower, which served as the headquarters for US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and will do so once again for his 2020 re-election campaign, lies directly on the stretch of Fifth Avenue that the petition targets.
The council previously stirred up some controversy in December 2018 after unanimously voting in favor of renaming streets after New York native hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and famed rapper Biggie Smalls, whose birth name is Christopher Wallace.
Pending de Blasio’s signature, the renaming efforts would bring Christopher Wallace Way and the Wu-Tang Clan District to the Big Apple’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs, respectively, according to NPR News.
“Hip-hop deserves that respect,” LeRoy McCarthy, who led the renaming effort, told NPR.
“There’s a certain sense of dismissal for hip-hop historically… they think it’s not worthy of being recognized, of the recognition that you would give to classical music or jazz or rock and roll.”
According to NPR, the council voted 48-0 during its last meeting of 2018 to co-name the street and several more after the Wu-Tang Clan and other notable musicians, such as Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace), Woody Guthrie and poet Audre Lorde.
The move to rename the street in front of Trump Tower seems very far-fetched, but with the council on a tear renaming streets after legendary hip-hop stars, it would not shock us if Trump Tower one day is sitting on “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”