LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stretch of road in Los Angeles will be renamed after former President Barack Obama during a festival and unveiling ceremony Saturday.
Obama Boulevard will replace Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs from Culver City to mid-city Los Angeles, passing the city's historic black neighborhood. The street honoring America's first black president will also intersect with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
A couple who proposed the name change told the Los Angeles Times say they wanted to raise the profile of the road, attract more funding for the community and honor the 44th president.
City Council Herb Wesson says street signs bearing Obama's name will serve as a physical reminder to young people that "no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big."
This story has been corrected to show that the road being renamed is Rodeo Road, not Rodeo Boulevard.