Petition to Rename Street Outside Trump Tower 'President Barack H. Obama Ave' Goes Viral With Over 125,000 Signatures

More than 125,000 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 has gained more than 90,000 signatures in the past week and is quickly approaching its new target of 150,000. 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."

Gaining immense traction online, it is being signed nationwide either out of respect for the former president or as a jibe to President Donald Trump.

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

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

Elizabeth Rowin, the woman behind the petition, said it would be delivered to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council. The document says they want to rename the street after Obama because he has "many accomplishments, like "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."

Rowin had no idea the petition would go viral. "I had honestly started it as a joke. 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 told Newsweek in an earlier conversation.

A resident of Los Angeles, the 56-year-old artist said if her city could rename two streets in Obama's honor, New York should do the same.

When asked whether she knew that her petition had gone viral, Rowin responded, "I had stopped thinking about it but now that it is getting viral, I will reconnect with the City Council members who had assured me they would pursue my cause."

New York State has certain criteria to approve renaming a street. One of them is that the honoree should be deceased for two years or longer. But Rowin said she is not worried.

"I am sure the conditions can be changed. These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around," she added.

Once an iconic building in the Manhattan skyline, Trump Tower has recently witnessed plummeting occupancy rates. The building that was the headquarter for Trump's presidential campaign is one of the 12 buildings owned and managed by his organization in New York City, according to an October 2018 report by amny.com.

Other locations named in honor of famous people in the city include Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace Way, Dianna Ross Playground and Wu-Tang Clan District.

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