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San Jose May Soon Rename Street as Barack Obama Boulevard

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Just weeks before the United States inducts its newest president, community members behind a three-year-long effort to name a San Jose street after former President Barack Obama have finally landed on their desired location.

A committee of a dozen community members has applied for a permit from the city to rename approximately 4,300 feet of roadway just west of the city’s downtown core in honor of Obama.

If the concept is approved by the city council in the coming months, San Jose would join dozens of cities across the country, including Los Angeles, St. Louis and Milpitas, to name a street in honor of the 44th president.

The pitch to name a street in San Jose after Obama was launched three years ago by Shoor, a community advocate who helped work on Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. Whether residents agree with his politics or not, Shoor argued that the city should pay tribute to Obama for making history as the first person of color to become president of the United States.

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