Number 44, former President Obama, received the great ‘honor’ of having a street named after him the most fitting bit of information is the street that was selected. It’s deep in the heart of a tough area.
According to USA Today, it’s not the world famous Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, but Los Angeles has approved a move to rename Rodeo Road of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw area for former President Barack Obama, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a tweet Tuesday.
“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.,” Garcetti tweeted after the city council voted in favor of naming the road Obama Blvd.
To get an idea of the kind of irony we are talking about you would have to take a look at the recent crime rate statistics for that area. Within the last 6 months, there have been well over 200 violent crimes and more than 800 property crimes reported. Just in this month alone the area of Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw reported a HUGE spike in violent crimes.
I don’t know about you but I think that is pretty high especially for an area that reportedly only has 32,134 residence. Compared to the rest of L.A. that’s nothing!
The vote by L.A. City Council comes more than a year after City Council President Herb Wesson proposed renaming the three-and-a-half-mile “Rodeo Road” to “Obama Boulevard” in honor of the former president. Wesson’s proposal noted that Obama held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road during his 2008 bid, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“The move is not the first to honor the former president in Southern California. In September, a resolution by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge to rename a portion of the 134 Freeway passed. Several California schools also have been named after Obama, and in the Monterey Bay town of Seaside, city leaders designated one street Obama Way.
The name change sparked some debate in 2017, with some residents saying that Obama deserved to have his name on a more prominent street in Los Angeles. But Wesson defended the choice of Rodeo Road.”
Honoring him for what? He was terrible. Why name anything after him? Just like the area that they picked to name after him. Then again, maybe that’s what makes the whole things so fitting.