“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”
Now, by all rights and laws, this is an act of vandalism, and since it appears the original Bowie St. sign has been removed to make room for the David Bowie St. one, we can add street sign theft to the list of offenses. However — and this is the amazing part — because Austin is as awesome a city as you’ve heard it is, officials have decided to leave the signage up for a full week as a memorial to the late iconic singer.
“The Austin Transportation Department has been notified that someone got creative with the street sign at Bowie and 5th Streets,” the ATD said in a statement, “changing the sign to read ‘David Bowie’ in memory of the musician and pop-culture icon. 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. To this end, we will leave the sign up until Tuesday, January 19th, 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.”
While we wouldn’t be surprised to eventually hear that some town somewhere has permanently renamed a road after The Thin White Duke, the short street in Austin’s Market District will have the honor for one week.
Read more at: http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/01/austin-street-sign-vandalized-to-honor-david-bowie-city-decides-to-leave-it-up/