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Los Angeles renames street 'Obama Boulevard'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, May 13, 2019  /  01:03 am
Los Angeles renames street 'Obama Boulevard'

Former US president Barack Obama speaks at an innovative communications conference organized by Les Napoleons network group, where he appears as a guest of honor, in Paris, on Dec. 2, 2017. (AFP/Martin Bureau)

Los Angeles has renamed a stretch of road to honor former United States president Barack Obama. The nearly 4-mile strip, previously named Rodeo Road, is now called “Obama Boulevard”, as reported by CNN

Obama’s first rally in Los Angeles was held at Rancho Cienega Park on Feb. 20, 2007. It is situated on Rodeo Road, across from W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  

“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,” said city council president Herb Wesson on Twitter.

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The motion to rename the stretch of road was first made in 2017. It was approved in August 2018, 10 years after Obama officially became the Democratic Party’s first African-American presidential nominee in August 2008.

The district where the road is located is where we can also find roads honoring the country’s former presidents, such as Washington Boulevard, Adams Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard. (sop/wng)