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Obama Boulevard in Los Angeles Rodeo Road name change

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A
view of Rodeo Road in Los Angeles, CA — soon to be named Obama
Boulevard.


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via Google Maps



  • In February 2007, Barack Obama — then an Illinois
    senator and a longshot candidate for president — took his
    campaign to Los Angeles for the first time.
  • Obama held a rally at Rancho Cienega Park, between
    Rodeo Road and Exposition Boulevard, about four miles west of
    the University of Southern California, in a largely
    African-American neighborhood.
  • The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday night to
    rename the 3 1/2-mile stretch of Rodeo Road to Obama
    Boulevard.
  • “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will
    forever be reminded of the legacy of President Barack Obama
    when traveling across L.A., the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti
    wrote on Twitter.

Rodeo Road, a three-and-a-half-mile stretch of pavement in Los
Angeles, will be renamed Obama Boulevard, in honor of the former
President Barack Obama.

The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of the change Tuesday
night.

In February 2007, Obama held a rally at Rancho Cienega Park,
between Rodeo Road and Exposition Boulevard, about four miles
west of the University of Southern California, in a largely
African-American neighborhood.

It was his
first visit to Los Angeles as a presidential candidate
,
happening just over a week after he formally announced his first
run for the White House.

LA City Council president Herb Wesson
first proposed the name change
in June 2017.

Rodeo Road is not to be confused with Rodeo Drive, the iconic
street that runs through a high-end retail district in Beverly
Hills.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has recently stirred rumors he may seek
the White House in 2020, applauded the city council’s vote.
“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be
reminded of the legacy of President Barack Obama when traveling
across L.A., the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter.


The Los Angeles Times notes
that multiple schools in
California already bear Obama’s name, and he has another street,
Obama Way, named after him in the Northern California beach town
of Seaside.

A stretch of the 134 Freeway is also set to be named after the
44th president.

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