Thousands gathered over the weekend to witness the unveiling of the newly named “Obama Boulevard,” in the city of Los Angeles.
The 3.5-mile street, which was formerly “Rodeo Road” runs through the historically black Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood. According to city officials, the location is “significant” because forever President Barack Obama held his first campaign rally in 2007 at Rancho Cienega Park, which sits on Rodeo Road in Los Angeles.
“With this change, we are publicly documenting what Obama’s legacy as our nation’s first black President means to our city and our South Los Angeles community,” City Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement.
“For every child who will drive down this street and see the President’s name, this will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big,” he added.
Wesson first pushed for the name change in 2017, until it was unanimously approved in August 2018.
“Obama Boulevard” will intersect with “Presidents Row,” a group of streets named after other former presidents, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
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🔊It's official: Rodeo Road is now Obama Boulevard. Angelenos celebrated the unveiling of the newly renamed 3 1/2 mile street in South L.A.'s Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood with a concert and ceremony on Saturday. "It's a beautiful thing," a local business owner said. #ktla #barackobama #obamaboulevard #southla