Brooklyn Community Board Rejects Proposal To Name Corner After Notorious B.I.G.
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.17.2013
Because of his criminal past and his size...
A proposal to name a Brooklyn street corner after Notorious B.I.G. has been shot down. Billboard reports that the Clinton Hill community board denied the request, which was based on a petition to name the corner "Christopher Wallace Way"
Lucy Koteen argued against the petition, noting that she had "looked up" his history and that "He started selling drugs at 12, he was a school dropout at 17, he was arrested for drugs and weapons charge, he was arrested for parole violations, he was arrested in North Carolina for crack cocaine, in 1996 he was again arrested for assault, he had a violent death, and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth. I don't see how this guy was a role model, and frankly it offends me."
LeRoy McCarthy, who began the petition, argued for him by saying, "There are many artists that share stories in a vernacular that their audiences understand. Biggie used the language from the streets he grew up in to convey what he wanted to say." She addded that "board members should not hold Wallace's physical appearance nor how he died against him."
The proposal still has a chance if councilwoman Letitia James issues a letter of support.