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City Council Approves Plan To Rename Rodeo Road For Obama

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Great news for nostalgic fans of America's 44th president and people who are never able to correctly pronounce Los Angeles' other Rodeo roadway alike: on Wednesday, City Council voted unanimously to rename Rodeo Road in southwest L.A. "Obama Boulevard" in honor of the former president. (For the record, Rodeo Road is pronounced row-dee-oh, like the sport, not row-day-oh, like Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Drive).

The proposal to rename the three-and-a-half mile stretch of Rodeo Road between Jefferson Boulevard and Arlington Avenue was first introduced by City Council President Herb Wesson last week. As Wesson noted in his motion, the area is already home to a "President's Row" of streets, with Washington, Jefferson and Adams boulevards all located nearby. According to City News Service, the councilman received "overwhelmingly positive feedback" on the name change; the only dissenters wanted a larger street chosen for the renaming.

"I would love for the name to be changed, I'm excited for it," Desirae Glover, who works at a beauty supply store on Rodeo Road in Baldwin Hills, told LAist. Although she lives in Inglewood, the 30-year-old saleswoman said that she is in the neighborhood "24/7" for "work, family and friends."

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"We need a street named after one of the best presidents ever—pretty much the best president ever," Glover continued. "What's going on with this new presidency is outrageous. I would rather have had Obama for a third, fourth and fifth term."

KTLA reports that city engineers will soon begin the process of changing the name.

Obama Boulevard won't be the only thoroughfare bearing the former president's name. In May, the California State Senate voted to move forward on plans to rename a section of the 134 Freeway for Obama.