WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A move by a member of Congress to have a main District of Columbia street renamed for Ronald Reagan is meeting resistance by citizens of the nation's capital.
Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas., has introduced legislation that would rename 16th Street -- a 7 1/2-mile road that runs north from the White House to the District-Maryland line -- for Reagan.
It is part of Bonilla's efforts to honor the 40th president, efforts that so far have see 65 streets, places and an aircraft carrier names for Reagan.
But 16th Street, also known as the Avenue of the Presidents, may be something else. Once a D.C. citizen noticed Bonilla's bill, an e-mail campaign against it started.
"Sixteenth Street is one of our city's most prominent thoroughfares. It represents all presidents, not just one president," D.C. Mayor Tony Williams told USA Today, adding it would cost the city $1 million to replace street signs.
It's not like Reagan has been ignored since leaving Washington. The city's largest federal office building is named for the big-government-hating president, which some see ironic, as is a nearby airport.