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Over 260,000 New York Citizens Signed Petition Aimed To Rename Trump Tower's Street After Barack Obama

Date August 15, 2019 16:43

Trump Tower is a glass tower located between 56th and 57th streets in Midtown, NY. Developed by Donald Trump, it is one of Manhattan’s most iconic building.

New name for the street?

More than 261,000 people have signed a petition to rename the street outside Trump Tower in honor of former President Barack Obama.

Started in October last year, the petition is quickly approaching its new target of 275,000. The original target was 75,000.

If approved, Trump Tower's new address could be "725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022."

It points out that Los Angeles renamed a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor.


The petition says the street should be renamed because of Obama's accomplishments, including "saving our nation from the Great Recession;

serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden."

Elizabeth Rowin is the author of the petition. She told Newsweek, which first reported the story, that it started out as a joke last fall.

"I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,"

- she explained.

The petition is unlikely to succeed, though. According to a 2012 city video outlining New York City's street renaming rules, the honoree must be deceased and have the support of a petition signed by 75% of the local residents.

People's reaction

"#MyPresidentForever" was one user's comment on the appeal on MoveOn.org.

While another posted, "This is going to sting so bad."

Another user wrote:

Well, the time will tell if New Yorkers manage to translate their idea into reality.