Los Angeles renames stretch of road ‘Obama Boulevard’

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LOS ANGELES (CNN NEWSOURCE/WFLA) – A stretch of road in Los Angeles has been renamed after former President Barack Obama.

The renaming ceremony that was held Saturday was part street festival, part concert, and a way to express pride in and for the former president.

It also intersects with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and further establishes a “presidential row” that includes Washington, Adams, and Jefferson boulevards.

According to NBC Los Angeles, A couple who proposed the name change told the Times they wanted to raise the profile of the road, attract more funding for the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood and honor the 44th president.

“With this change, we are publicly documenting what Obama’s legacy as our nation’s first black President means to our city and our South Los Angeles community,” City Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement.

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