Tirana

Bush Street

16 May 2022
Most countries avoid naming streets after living persons, as the things these people could do later in their lifetime may necessitate hasty renaming. But in the case of US president Bush who visited the country in 2007, Albanians are pretty sure absolutely nothing more can go wrong, and have named an important city-centre street after him. The former Rruga Punëtorët e Rilindjes, running by the parliament building, was officially renamed to Rruga Presidenti George W. Bush, marble name plaque and all. Unusually, they stuck to the original spelling, instead of albanianising George to Xhorxh. It doesn't really matter anyway, because knowing Albanians it will take about 50 years for anyone to notice the street has a name at all.

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