Stretch of Rodeo Road Becomes Obama Boulevard After L.A. City Council Vote

A 3.7-mile stretch of road in the heart of Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood is getting a new name in honor of the country’s first African American president, and local leaders say the symbolism is important.

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles), who represents the area, said she loved that former President Obama would have a permanent presence there.

“It’s the merging of a historic president [and] street with an iconic black community,” she said.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to rename Rodeo Road, a main east-west artery in the city, as Obama Boulevard.

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