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Obama Gets a Los Angeles Street Renamed in His Honor

Former president can now boast about a boulevard on the West Coast — 'no goal is out of reach, no dream too big'

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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.

Obama also studied at Occidental College, which is north of downtown Los Angeles, from 1979 to 1981, according to the motion filed by Herb Wesson, city council president, to rename the street.

“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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