The city of Atlanta has turned down a request to rename a street Ferdinand Porsche Avenue, because of the Porsche founder’s early association with the Nazis.
The street in question leads to the area where Porsche will build its new $100 million U.S. corporate headquarters, a 26-acre facility that is located outside of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The site used to be home of a large Ford factory so the street is currently called Henry Ford II Avenue.
Porsche does not want to build its headquarters on a street named after a member of the Ford family and the company asked the Atlanta city hall to change the name.
The city code dictates that streets can only be named after people, not companies, so the “Ferdinand Porsche Avenue” was written on the application.
The city council was scheduled to discuss the matter on October 9th but someone brought up Ferdinand Porsche’s Nazi past, which included working closely with Chancellor Adolf Hitler to design what would become the Beetle.
An agreement has, apparently, been reached, and the Henry Ford II Avenue will be renamed to just ‘Porsche Avenue’.