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The District Department of Transportation’s bold design for a new sign at 16th Street and Eastern Avenue NW boasts the D.C. flag, as well as the words “Welcome to Washington, DC.” But the prototype is bold in another way, too: It flouts the precedent set by other cities and leaves out Mayor Anthony Williams’ name altogether. Initially, the mayor’s name was on the sign—until October 2003, when a department submitted the design to the Federal Highway Administration. The federal agency, which is providing 80 percent of the sign’s funding, vetoed including the mayor’s name. Department of Transportation spokesperson Bill Rice explains, “They looked at our design and said the mayor’s name is not appropriate.” Tony Bullock, the mayor’s communications director, shrugs off the slight. “The mayor doesn’t need his name on the sign at the expense of the taxpayers.” —Bidisha Banerjee