Los Angeles City Council Votes Unanimously To Name Street After Former President Barack Obama

The Los Angeles City Council vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly on Wednesday to rename a street that runs through south­west Los Angeles after for­mer President Barack Obama. As luck would have it, the street runs par­al­lel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, anoth­er hood clas­sic.

Rodeo Road is a 3.5 mile stretch of road that runs from the east­ern Culver City bor­der, cross­es over Crenshaw Blvd to tra­verse through Leimert Park, the famous black arts dis­trict, and comes to an end at Arlington Avenue. The motion was pro­posed by city coun­cil pres­i­dent Herb Wesson, who intro­duced Obama at his first cam­paign ral­ly in Los Angeles nine years ago at Rancho Cienega Park (Dorsey Park to the locals), which is locat­ed on Rodeo Road.

Rodeo is often con­fused with the more upscale Rodeo Drive, which is locat­ed in Beverly Hills. The lit­mus test that sep­a­rates the natives from the out­siders or tourists is the way the street names are pro­nounced. In Beverly Hills, it’s ‘Roh-Day‑O,’ and in the hood, it’s ‘Roh-Dee-Oh.’

None of that will mat­ter now, how­ev­er, because it will soon be Obama Blvd, and this is the black­est thing to hap­pen in L.A. since they renamed Santa Barbara Blvd ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd’ thir­ty years ago.

A plan is also in place to name a stretch of the 134 free­way after Obama as well.

See y’all on the cor­ner of Crenshaw and Obama Boulevards. http://​www​.the​root​.com/​l​o​s​-​a​n​g​e​l​e​s​-​c​i​t​y​-​c​o​u​n​c​i​l​-​v​o​t​e​s​-​u​n​a​n​i​m​o​u​s​l​y​-​t​o​-​n​a​m​e​-​s​t​r​e​-​1​7​9​6​5​3​5​889