You can tell somebody’s doing well when they get a street named after them. There is probably no better way of keeping up with the Joneses.
“Oh, did you hear about our John from over the road? Got himself a nice cul-de-sac in Wigan. I am green with envy, let me tell you.”
Here are some streets named after famous people whose neighbours must be fuming.
Manilow Way – Manhattan, New York, USA
Barry Manilow was treated to a street sign off 7th Avenue renaming West 44th Street in the legendary crooner’s honour for his many contributions and years in pop music. The Times Square area of theatres and music venues is a mecca for entertainers but few have had streets named after them – unless the last winner of American Idol was called West 42nd?
Tupac Lane – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The iconic 90s rapper Tupac has been given his own street by Las Vegas property developers in their rush to build new streets in the ever-expanding casino city. Much of Las Vegas has roads named after famous people that you probably won’t find elsewhere in the world, especially since many have typos in them. At least living on “Jane Austin Avenue” or “De Vinci Court” still sounds classy though.
Mandela Way/Street/Road/Close – London, England
Despite being branded a terrorist less than thirty years ago by Margaret Thatcher when she was the country’s prime minister, Nelson Mandela now has at least six streets named after him dotted around England’s capital. Naming streets is certainly a more innovative method of apology than most. Unsurprisingly there are plenty of other streets around the UK also named after the South African hero plus several statues. The UK government no doubt hopes all is forgiven.
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