4 Mar 2006

Streets in US capital may be named after Pacific territories

9:13 am on 4 March 2006

Streets in the United States capital will bear the names of Pacific territories if a bill being reviewed is approved.

Under the proposal under consideration by the Washington DC Council, an isolated and mostly barren stretch of streets would be called "Guam Avenue" and "Samoa Avenue."

In addition, a difficult-to-spot circle just west of 12th Street would be called "Northern Mariana Islands Avenue Circle."

The DC Council member Sharon Ambrose says she introduced the bill, in part, to bring greater recognition to the roads, which are relatively new to commercial traffic.

Ambrose also says the measure will expand what's already standard custom: naming streets after states.