Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander proposes to change stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue to 'D.C. Statehood Now Boulevard'
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - If D.C. Councilmember Yvette Alexander has her way, the White House could soon have a new address.
The Ward 7 councilwoman proposed a resolution that would officially change the address of a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue to "D.C. Statehood Now Way" in an effort to "send a strong message to the leader of our free nation and the millions of visitors to the nation's capital that, until D.C. achieves statehood, we are not truly free," she said.
The stretch would include the 1500 and 1600 blocks - which would lump in the White House.
Shortly after the news of her resolution made public, some locals pointed out that confusion could lead people to interpret the new name as "D.C. Statehood No Way," so Alexander posted to Twitter that she would change her proposed new name to "Boulevard" instead of "Way."
Councilmembers Mary Cheh, Jim Graham, Anita Bonds, David Grosso and Vincent Orange supported Alexander in her pitch to the Council, the DCist reports.
Alexander said members of the Council are tired of Congress forcibly imposing legislation on city matters, and that the change would show the Council's support for D.C. becoming its own state.
"Every opportunity we have to send the message that this city and its people don't have a vote in Congress is an opportunity we should take advantage of," Councilmember Graham said, expressing his support for Alexander's legislation.
The DCist reports that Council is also considering a resolution to symbolically designate streets near the Capitol building as "D.C. No Taxation Without Representation Way."