If you’re longing to relive a less turbulent time in American politics, this California highway may help. A stretch of the 134 Freeway, from State Route 2 in Glendale to Interstate 210 in Pasadena, was officially named the “Barack H. Obama Highway.” The tribute is meant to honor the period of Obama’s youth when he attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981 and later lived in Pasadena.
The highway isn’t the only thing that will bear his namesake, either. This past August, Los Angeles announced its plan to rename Roseo Road to Obama Boulevard. In a tweet, LA mayor Eric Garcetti said, “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.” Rodeo Road is home to Dorsey High School, Baldwin Hills Elementary School, and Rancho Cienega Sports Center and Park, where Obama held a campaign rally when running for president. Several schools in California have also been named after the former president, and in the Monterey Bay town of Seaside, officials named one of the city streets “Obama Way.”
With many people in America looking back longingly at this era of US politics more and more nowadays, we may see more streets and monuments bearing the Obama name cropping up.