A British think-tank, the New Local Government Network, recently released a report encouraging local British governments to name streets and local landmarks after hometown celebrities and heroes. The author of the report, James Hulme, suggests that Manchester could name a park after David Beckham, Edinburgh could name a library after J.K. Rowling, Birmingham could name streets after J.R.R. Tolkien and Corporal Matthew Croucher, and that London could name streets after David Bowie and Twiggy! There could be debate over whether this is another example of the crazy celebrity culture in Britain (something Americans know a thing or two about), but in Hulme’s view to name streets after local and national celebrities is simply another way to foster community pride. Local Government Minister John Healey, MP is a supporter of the report, stating that besides naming streets after well-known celebrities local heroes could be honored as well.
Obviously, what I am most interested in is the possibility of a street named after David Bowie. Of course I think it’s a great idea, but the bigger question is…what exactly should the name be? I think David Bowie Lane as the name for a neighborhood street has a nice ring. Or possibly David Bowie Boulevard for a larger thoroughfare. I wonder what the man himself thinks about the possibility of a street in his honor.