Obama Boulevard Is Coming To South LA
Los Angeles's 10th Council District, which covers most of South L.A., is home to streets named after America's first, second and third presidents. Soon, it will get a street named after No. 44. The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday night to turn Rodeo Road into 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.," Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote in a tweet.
The soon-to-be former Rodeo Road (not to be confused with Bevery Hills' Rodeo Drive) runs east-west in the Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park area before it merges with Exposition Boulevard, west of USC.
City Council President Herb Wesson, who represents District 10, championed the effort to rename the street and pointed out the historic ties to yesterday's vote.
Also #OTD in 2008, @BarackObama became the first African-American presidential nominee from a major political party. Today our council gave final approval to our motion to rename Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard. Proud to take this next step on a day that meant so much to so many. pic.twitter.com/fpGqikmQtD— Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (@HerbJWesson) August 28, 2018
In 2007, then-presidential candidate Obama made South L.A. his first campaign stop in the city.
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