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“My initial reaction is that the thought of my GPS telling me to take the Starbucks Bridge and make a right onto Burger King Drive is rather depressing, and would represent yet more ceding of public space to private interests,” said Max R. Ashburn of Scenic America, a Washington, D.C.,-based group.

Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, campaign coordinator for Commercial Alert, a project of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said the proposal would turn the state into a marketer working on behalf of corporate interests.

“Naming public entities after corporations, instead of, for example, local or national heroes and historical figures, shows a real decline in our values,” she told The Times. “It sends the message to citizens that every aspect of their state is for sale, undermining the value and virtues of public space.”

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