Former President Obama to Have Los Angeles Street Named After Him

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Although former President Barack Obama is not from Los Angeles, he will have a street named after him out west.

According to FOX LA, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Wednesday (June 28) to rename a 3 1/2-mile stretch of Rodeo Road as Obama Boulevard in honor of the 44th president.

The motion was introduced by Council President Herb Wesson, who previously met Obama for the first time during an early campaign stop at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road in 2007.

Apparently, there was overwhelmingly positive feedback on the name change. However, some felt a larger or more significant street should receive the Obama name.

“What I have said to the people is it’s not about the length of the street, it’s about the significance of the street. It is about what happened on that street,” Wesson said before the vote.

The area is currently home to what’s called “President’s Row”, a series of streets named after former presidents, including Washington Boulevard, Adams Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard.

“President Obama is no stranger to Los Angeles. He began his college education in Los Angeles, as an undergraduate student at Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 before leaving for Columbia University,” the motion states.