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Los Angeles road, ‘Rodeo,’ to be renamed after Obama

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Residents of a neighborhood in southwestern Los Angeles will now be able to walk and drive along a street named after former President Barack Obama, thanks to the city council.

The 44th president can add the three-and-a-half-mile “Rodeo Road” to the list of California roadways and schools bearing his name after a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council made “Obama Boulevard” official, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President Barack Obama when traveling across L.A.,” Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a tweet Tuesday.

City Council President Herb Wesson proposed the name change more than one year ago, noting that during Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, he held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road.

The residential area in a predominantly African American community, not to be confused with the upscale Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, already has several streets named after former U.S. presidents such as George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, according to the Times.

Wesson noted in a series of tweets that the council’s decision to rename Rodeo Road on Tuesday coincided with the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and that in 2008, Obama “became the first African-American presidential nominee from a major political party.”

Last year, a proposal by Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino was passed, naming a portion of the 134 Freeway after Obama. City leaders in the Monterey Bay town of Seaside also renamed one street “Obama Way.”

As city officials patted themselves on the back for the name change Tuesday and got some applause on social media, others on Twitter called out the city for its priorities and what Obama’s legacy really looks like.

Frieda Powers


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