The City of Los Angeles has renamed a 3.5 mile stretch of road after former President Barack Obama.
The road was formerly called Rodeo Road and now changes to Obama Boulevard — in honor of the nation’s first African-American commander-in-chief.
The city said the location is important because it’s where Obama held his first campaign rally in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 2007 — at Rancho Cienega Park.
The park sits on Rodeo Road, across from W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, as CNN and other outlets have noted.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 5, 2019
The 3.5-mile road runs through a predominantly African-American residential area and past Rancho Cienga Park, where Obama held a campaign rally in 2007. https://t.co/Y5DHbvn1FE
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 6, 2019
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Thank you all for joining us Saturday as we celebrated the historic unveiling of #ObamaBlvd. If you have any photos or videos of the event please tag #ObamaBlvd! We’ll be posting more photos and videos of the event this week so stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/ifj2jLFE5j
— L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson (@HerbJWesson) May 6, 2019
“For every child who will drive down this street and see the name of the first black president of our country, this boulevard will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big,” Wesson tweeted after the renaming event on Saturday.
Rodeo Road runs through a historic black neighborhood.
In a statement on his website, Wesson also said the street renaming is a way to “ensure that America’s 44th president’s legacy is shared for generations to come for Angelenos and visitors alike,” as Time magazine also noted.
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