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Austin moves to keep unofficial David Bowie Street sign

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 14, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A sign on Bowie Street in Austin, Tx. was altered in honor of David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 on Sunday.

The legendary performer's first name was added to the sign on the intersection between Bowie street and 5th street so that it would read "David Bowie Street." City officials confirmed on Wednesday that the name change was unofficial,and said in a statement that it would be allowed to remain for a week.

"We appreciate Austin's reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World and recognize David Bowie for all he did for the music industry and more," the statement said. "To this end, we will leave the sign up until Tuesday, January 19, so our community can enjoy the makeshift memorial a few days longer. At that time we will have to replace it with the real street name sign."

The street's original name comes from Texas Revolution folk hero James Bowie, but some fans feel the, tribute to the revolutionary British musician is more appropriate considering the city's musical history.

Austin resident Christine Swenson hopes that the city's compliance can extend even further and has launched a petition to make the name change permanent.

"I believe that, in the same vein of Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin should rename Bowie Street to honor one of the most influential musicians of the last century," she wrote. "While the street's original namesake is a Texas folk hero who should be honored, Austin's culture is always growing and shifting, and David Bowie seems to be a much more fitting reflection."

The petition has received 2,426 online signatures since being posted and was endorsed by music festival South by Southwest, whose offices are located in the area.

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