Spanish Neighborhood Unfolds 'Super Mario' Street

The future residents of a new Spanish neighborhood say they are the first in the world to title their street after the Super Mario video game character.

But the cartoon plumber character, who turns 25 this year, isn't the only one who will be privileged by residents of Arcosur, which is still under construction.

Other planned roads in the neighborhood comprise streets named for "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Space Invaders" and "The Legend of Zelda."

Video games won out over more traditional options in an online poll that residents used to pick their street names, said Antonio Almudi Miranda, president of the Arcosur neighborhood association.

Super Mario's street is almost a kilometer long and will have hundreds of homes on it, Almudi said -- and his will be one of them. The English and math teacher said he's looking forward to living on a street named after someone his students will make out.

Residents are proud to have Super Mario represented in the neighborhood, he said, and grateful that their street signs will not attribute names of war heroes or violent characters.

Once it's constructed, more than 60,000 people are likely to live in the neighborhood, Almudi said.
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