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Posted at 3:14 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Renaming Pennsylvania Avenue?

By Associated Press

A D.C. Council member is asking city residents to weigh in on what they'd like to call Pennsylvania Avenue.

Council member Michael Brown (D-At Large) is considering a ceremonial renaming of one of the nation's most famous streets to call attention to the push for D.C. statehood. Ceremonial street designation signs could be placed under existing signs for Pennsylvania Avenue, home to the White House.

Brown has set up an online survey for residents to weigh in on potential names. Among the options are Let D.C. Vote Way, 51st State Way and Free D.C. Avenue.

The survey also asks whether Washington should rename other streets or highlight the fight for full representation in Congress on its gateway road signs.

Washington's 600,000 residents pay federal taxes but have no vote in Congress.

By Associated Press  | February 23, 2011; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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I have no problem with making D.C. a state, but is changing the name of one of the most famous streets in the United States really necessary? Why change something that doesn't need to be changed?

Posted by: ENT4 | February 23, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. The rest of the nation is supposed to grant statehood to a jurisdiction that cannot respect the legacy of its own history? At 600,000 residents, the District is appropriately sized to be a Maryland county where its residents could not only receive full representation at the federal level, but also have a voice in state government, say 5 senators and 15 delegates, and still elect its very own set of irresponsible SUV-leasing, payroll padding municipal government as a self-governing charter county. This would greatly expand the number of elected offices for the politically ambitious while relieving the District from all of its state-like functions such as prisons, courts, colleges, social services, highways, etc provided by the State of Maryland to all of its counties. The impact on Maryland's political environment would not be noticable and motor vehicle registration would be simpified.

Posted by: ralphgrutzmacher | February 23, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

We have one of the poorest performing school system in the nation despite having one of the highest teacher pays in the nation and he wants to rename Pennsylvania Avenue.

The District is running in the read and he wants to rename Pennsylvania Avenue.

The District can't fire the teachers it pays and he he wants to rename Pennsylvania Avenue.

The District contracting process is so crooked even the District doesn't know what its contracting for and what it's paying and he wants to rename Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lets rename Michael Brown from councilman to unemployed.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 23, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Lets rename Michael Brown from councilman to unemployed." Exactly.

When he ran, his entire platform consisted of "I'm Ron Brown's son, and my father was once the Secretary of Commerce." How he was elected, I'll never know - nobody I know voted for him.

Posted by: EinDC | February 23, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Right now, I don't need symbolism. I need Michael Brown, Kwame Brown and the rest of our distracted, seemingly dysfunctional city council to pull itself together and address an historical budget crisis. Symbolism, SUV preferences, who gets Verizon Center tickets, etc. are right now the hallmark of the DC City Council. Individually, and collectively, city council members are a disappointment and embarassment. Would trade them all for a monkey.

Posted by: mac4700 | February 23, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Right now, I don't need symbolism. I need Michael Brown, Kwame Brown and the rest of our distracted, seemingly dysfunctional city council to pull itself together and address an historical budget crisis. Symbolism, SUV preferences, who gets Verizon Center tickets, etc. are right now the hallmark of the DC City Council. Individually, and collectively, city council members are a disappointment and embarassment. Would trade them all for a monkey.

Posted by: mac4700 | February 23, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Lets rename Michael Brown from councilman to unemployed." Exactly.

When he ran, his entire platform consisted of "I'm Ron Brown's son, and my father was once the Secretary of Commerce." How he was elected, I'll never know - nobody I know voted for him.

Posted by: EinDC | February 23, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Right now, I don't need symbolism. I need Michael Brown, Kwame Brown and the rest of our distracted, seemingly dysfunctional city council to pull itself together and address an historical budget crisis. Symbolism, SUV preferences, who gets Verizon Center tickets, etc. are right now the hallmark of the DC City Council. Individually, and collectively, city council members are a disappointment and embarassment. Would trade them all for a monkey.

Posted by: mac4700 | February 23, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Is Brown going to drive over in his taxpayer paid for $2000 a month SUV to put up the sign?

What an ass!

Posted by: Janice11 | February 23, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

At 600,000 residents, DC is quite comparable to the population of several states.

Wyoming (547,637)
Vermont (622,433); North Dakota (653,778)
Alaska (708,862)

Source: http://www.census.gov/popest/eval-estimates/eval-est2010.html

Posted by: emanon13 | February 23, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Bring back Congressman John McMillan, who ran DC with his iron fist, but you didn't have the embarassement of a DC government like the one we have today.

Brown's recommendation just begs for additional Congressional Oversight. Remember, the party in power now could take away that Home Rule deal.

Posted by: adjjones | February 23, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a ridiculous idea.

Posted by: Kathy8 | February 23, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

How about this. NO STUPID, SYMBOLIC, SIGNS!

Posted by: case50 | February 23, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Please sir go for it...it'll take a nannosecond for the American people to retake their capital city from fanatic lunatic incompetents. And WDC belongs to America..read the danged Constitution...

Posted by: wjc1va | February 23, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Janice11, sweetie, that would be Kwame, not Michael.

Thank you emanon13 for pointing out the obvious for ralphgrutzmacher, who doesn't know that the legacy of our history in this country is No Taxation Without Representation. That is the real tea party.

Unfortunately, my choice for renaming wasn't listed: No Vote No Tax No Way.

Posted by: streff | February 23, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

At 600,000 residents, DC is quite comparable to the population of several states.

Wyoming (547,637)
Vermont (622,433); North Dakota (653,778)
Alaska (708,862)

I really expected this reply from someone. The key difference is these real states with real resources contribute to the real national economy. Also, Vermont and Alaska are nice places to visit and live.

Posted by: ralphgrutzmacher | February 24, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Brown please grow the *#&% up!

Posted by: Watsongd | February 24, 2011 1:26 AM | Report abuse

"Broke Boulevard" would be an appropriate name change for Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted by: rteske | February 24, 2011 5:36 AM | Report abuse

"Broke Boulevard" would be an appropriate name change for Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted by: rteske | February 24, 2011 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Another idiotic idea, like the moron's in Md wanting to change the name of mountains. Go deal with something that really needs fixed like being overpaid, doing nothing, and running this country into the ground. They're all jerks that need thrown out!

Posted by: cosgrayj | February 24, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Just give the non-federal land in the district back to Maryland and get this mess over with.

Posted by: wildfyre99 | February 24, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Just give the non-federal land in the district back to Maryland and get this mess over with.

Posted by: wildfyre99 | February 24, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ron Brown Junior, did you pay those back property taxes that you owed on your palace up there in upper Northwest? You pay your taxes and play nice, then we can talk about your wacky proposals.

Posted by: Nixonin08 | February 24, 2011 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Ridiculous. . . . All Governments, including the Feds and even DC itself are in the middle of various "budget crisis" and this joker wants to spend millions to change the name of a street!!!!

Posted by: md152 | February 24, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I think everyone knows that DC wants voting rights, which we should have. I don't think changing a famous street name is going to make anyone more aware. And who wants to live on Let DC Vote Way?

Posted by: cstimpso | February 24, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I think everyone knows that DC wants voting rights, which we should have. Changing a famous street name isn't going to make anyone more aware. And who wants to live on Let DC Vote Way?

Posted by: cstimpso | February 24, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

When he ran, his entire platform consisted of "I'm Ron Brown's son, and my father was once the Secretary of Commerce." How he was elected, I'll never know - nobody I know voted for him.

Posted by: EinDC
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I have always wondered the same thing about the repeat elections of Marion Barry. He got re-elected even after going to prison on drug and fraud charges (or was it money laundering, I don't quite remember which things he was actually convicted for).

Posted by: schnauzer21 | February 24, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Why not rename the state avenue of the Senator or Representative who is most in the way of DC Voting rights? We could have signs that clip on and are moved if the main obstacle changes. Possible names would be, "DC Denied Full Rights Way".
If it's someone from Indiana blocking our rights, then when their constituents come to DC they'll see that attached to the Indiana Ave signs. If it's someone from New York who's the obstacle, then it moves to NY Ave.

Posted by: blankspace | February 24, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Aren't bumper stickers used to bring attention to a cause? It's alot cheaper, it doesn't "tax" all citizens regardless of their stance on the proposed changes, it doesn't mess with historical street name, it puts Michael Brown back to work on some REAL issues at hand, and it puts stupidity on the back burner. Lord knows in the last day or so the DC Council has wallowed in stupidity(Lincoln Navigator interiors and Lady Gaga tickets) Grow up Councilman Brown, grow up.....and ask your co-council members try it too.

Posted by: Playpuck | February 24, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Please! Go do some work.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | February 24, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Like all the republicants want, sell it to Koch Bros and call it the "Koch Ailes Alley."

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 24, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

How about working on cleaning up the crime in DC and focus on getting the crooks out of office?

Just a thought!!!

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 24, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"How about working on cleaning up the crime in DC"

Right. Because they pulled every single one of the 13 police departments in DC off of their jobs so as to sit around and ponder this problem.

What a moroon.

Posted by: hohandy1 | February 24, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This debate drives me nuts! First, unless you can trace your family back to the DC area prior to its creation, you have not been disenfranchised!!! You chose to move here knowing it is not a state. It was created that way for a reason. Its interesting that those pushing for statehood to restore their "stolen rights" never suggest returning the District to Maryland, they will only accept individual statehood. It makes as much sense as giving statehood to New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami. Grow up and read the reason the founders gave for creating the District of Columbia and if you still don't understand or don't like it....then move a mile or so down the road to Maryland or Virginia.

Posted by: tyree230 | February 24, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This debate drives me nuts! First, unless you can trace your family back to the DC area prior to its creation, you have not been disenfranchised!!! You chose to move here knowing it is not a state. It was created that way for a reason. Its interesting that those pushing for statehood to restore their "stolen rights" never suggest returning the District to Maryland, they will only accept individual statehood. It makes as much sense as giving statehood to New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami. Grow up and read the reason the founders gave for creating the District of Columbia and if you still don't understand or don't like it....then move a mile or so down the road to Maryland or Virginia.

Posted by: tyree230 | February 24, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What a complete joke!! DC couldn't run a lemonade stand !!

Posted by: maddogjts | February 24, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@ ralphgrutzmacher, additionally, DC residents will learn how to drive.

Posted by: patricksthompson1 | February 24, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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