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Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Though there has been no official tribute by the city, people downtown Tuesday noticed that a portion of Austin’s Bowie Street had been transformed into “David Bowie Street” in honor of the recently deceased legend. The Austin Business Journal reports that the city issued a statement on the change, which was not sanctioned by the city but will remain undisturbed by it for the next week. That statement reads: “The Austin Transportation Department has been notified that someone got creative with the street sign at Bowie and 5th Streets, 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 19, 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.” The change, though temporary, quickly spread through social media Tuesday. A petition to make the change permanent soon followed.
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