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Urban streets named for MLK still struggle
Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2014 12:41 PM EST | Alan Scher Zagier

Posted on 01/19/2014 12:22:12 PM PST by Olog-hai

A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital.

“It’s a national problem,” said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy on asphalt. “Dr. King would be turning over in his grave.”

Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday’s federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of King’s work has White and others calling for a renewed commitment to the more than 900 streets nationwide named in the Atlanta native’s honor. …

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: anniversary; blackfamily; blackmales; bluezones; mlk; namesake; poverty; urban
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1 posted on 01/19/2014 12:22:12 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.....


2 posted on 01/19/2014 12:24:18 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s fortunate that civil authorities have developed a foolproof way of warning white people to stay away. They put the initials MLK on the street signs.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 12:24:19 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe New York should change the name of Wall Street.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 12:25:57 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Olog-hai

These MLK-themed ghettos are EXACTLY what the inhabitants want them to be. It will never be otherwise, by force of law enforcement or efforts of “economic development” ($$ down a toilet.)


5 posted on 01/19/2014 12:27:08 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Olog-hai

I know if I find myself on any MLK Blvd., I make sure my doors are locked.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 12:27:31 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: fwdude

They have had how much money thrown into these areas and how many years to improve and what has changed? What will it take?


7 posted on 01/19/2014 12:28:35 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Ideally, napalm.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 12:30:46 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Olog-hai

It depends on the area. There are several MLK streets near here and business are fine as they are not in heavy black areas.

Larger cities with heavy black areas have a problem.

Years ago, Tulsa OK designated the northern bypass I-244, as the MLK Memorial Expressway, and placed BIG signs up at each end of it.
Every time we went by those signs, the number of bullet holes had increased till the signs looked like Swiss cheese and were replaced and put on overhead signs. (I did not put any of those holes in the signs).


9 posted on 01/19/2014 12:32:45 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
They have had how much money thrown into these areas and how many years to improve and what has changed? What will it take?

More money. This story is a prelude to an "obummer executive order" authorizing the bailout of MLK communities.

10 posted on 01/19/2014 12:32:49 PM PST by WesternPacific (The herded sheep have finally arrived at the slaughter house.)
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To: P-Marlowe
125th Street in Harlem is already renamed after MLK. They also renamed Lenox Avenue after Malcolm Little.
11 posted on 01/19/2014 12:35:13 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Streets renamed MLK were almost exclusively in black areas, already suffering from economic decline 45 years ago. Just in case business owners didn’t know what they were doing, the name reminded them of where they were about to locate.

The government caused both problems and now they want to government to fix it by throwing tax dollars at it. I’m guessing that it won’t work.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 12:35:43 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Olog-hai

Here in Grand Rapids, Mi, there was an attempt to rename the main North-South street (Division Ave.) to MLK Blvd. After all of the usual BS charges of racism, the street got an “honorary” designation only. No one to this day ever refers to it other than by its real name. It is one of those streets for most of its length that you would never dare drive through with your doors unlocked.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 12:36:59 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Olog-hai

Wait for all the Barack Obama Blvd’s in the future.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 12:41:56 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Lansing, MI, MLK Blvd. = Sh!thole

Detroit, MI, MLK Blvd. = Sh!thole

Flint, MI, MLK Avenue = Sh!thole

Saginaw, MI MLK Blvd. = ditto!


15 posted on 01/19/2014 12:42:08 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Olog-hai

I suspect we’ll see a similar scenario when all the Obama Boulevards start getting dedicated in 2017.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 12:43:20 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: fwdude

How long before younger and more radical black leaders start dissing MLK for “acting white”? They’ll probably demand the streets be renamed for Sharpton, or Mumia.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 12:44:59 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: wetgundog

Milwaukee, WI, MLK St. = Shitte Hole


18 posted on 01/19/2014 12:45:08 PM PST by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: Olog-hai

I moved to Southern California 30 years ago. My Dad asked me, as a courtesy, when I was in Connecticut at Christmas time, to pay a visit to his pal, who had gone to college in L.A. - and had the time of his life. The pal was waxing, nostalgically about the good old days, in his apartment on Santa Barbara Av. Then he asked “hey, how’s that area, these days?” I replied “Well, they renamed it Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, if that gives you any indication”. The smile disappeared from his face, as he looked down at the ground, and then changed the subject to how much he missed the warm winters. :(


19 posted on 01/19/2014 12:47:06 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: Olog-hai
I honestly don't know why they seem to pick the worst street in town for Martin Luther King Street. Why not a beautiful street with historic homes or the river walk street or something better. I don't know why they pick the worst roads to name.
20 posted on 01/19/2014 12:57:57 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Olog-hai
I always thought that city fathers named streets MLK Boulevard in a kind gesture to inform out-of-towners where the dangerous part of town was.
21 posted on 01/19/2014 12:59:21 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Years ago, Tulsa OK designated the northern bypass I-244, as the MLK Memorial Expressway, and placed BIG signs up at each end of it.
Every time we went by those signs, the number of bullet holes had increased till the signs looked like Swiss cheese and were replaced and put on overhead signs. (I did not put any of those holes in the signs).

I can’t imagine the KKK in Oklahoma would want to see a MLK sign so this does not surprise me.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 12:59:41 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator
I honestly don't know why they seem to pick the worst street in town for Martin Luther King Street.

They are trying to warn out-of-towners where the dangerous part of town is.

23 posted on 01/19/2014 1:00:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Olog-hai

Can you imagine Liberal Leo DeCaprio doing a hit piece on Martin Luther King Street?


24 posted on 01/19/2014 1:00:40 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Olog-hai

I can tell you the one in New Orleans is a crime-ridden ghetto. You only go there if you’re suicidal-or well armed, because the residents of the area sure are!


25 posted on 01/19/2014 1:03:32 PM PST by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: Olog-hai

The Milky Way


26 posted on 01/19/2014 1:04:04 PM PST by Benito Cereno
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To: Olog-hai

trying to restore King’s legacy...

The first step would be to start to bring out the truth. The Dims were the ones opposing civil rights. King did not advocate the welfare state. King advocated equal opportunity. King did not advocate lighter sentences for blacks who commit crimes because of skin color. King advocated a color blind society.

On another note, all of today’s problems with race relations are the direct result of yesterday’s “solutions”.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 1:04:57 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That is true. lol.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 1:05:03 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: jttpwalsh

That area around Santa Barbara Blvd and Crenshaw Blvd is Lemeirt Park. My family lived there until the late 1950’s. It was a great neighborhood until the ethnic makeup changed. Now Lemeirt Park is the “cultural center of Afrocentricity.” It as though the people who built that area never existed.
If not for the Koreans and their shops the area would be even worse.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 1:07:13 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: Olog-hai

Streets called ‘MLK’ will ALWAYS struggle as long ad Blaxks remain on the Democrat Plantation.


30 posted on 01/19/2014 1:13:01 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: Olog-hai

Is there at least one that isn’t this way?


31 posted on 01/19/2014 1:17:48 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: forgotten man

Same thing happened to my folks’ neighborhood, in Syracuse :( My cousin drove down Midland Ave a few years ago, and she was too traumatized to describe it with more than “Trust me, it’s bad”. On a side note, whenever someone questions the need for The Second Amendment, I like to roll the Youtube video of the Korean merchants on their rooftop, well armed, and unmolested, while the neighborhood is burning, during the Rodney King riots.


32 posted on 01/19/2014 1:18:10 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Sometimes they paint murals to warn tourists.

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33 posted on 01/19/2014 1:19:40 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Olog-hai

Why did they choose certain streets to name after MLK? Because of the high number of residents there belonging to one certain victim group.

Why are those streets full of crime?
Because of the high number of residents there belonging to one certain victim group.


34 posted on 01/19/2014 1:21:17 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Olog-hai

California Mlk streets same way.


35 posted on 01/19/2014 1:23:08 PM PST by easternsky
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To: wetgundog
I think there was a posting on youtube some time ago. It was a routine by black comedian Chris Rock about if you found yourself on MLK in just about any city in the country it was a guarantee you were in the sh!tty part of town. It might still be up.

CC

36 posted on 01/19/2014 1:30:51 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I know if I find myself on any MLK Blvd., I make sure my doors are locked.

On Pittsburgh's North Side, we have a MLKjr elementary school. I remember watching them build it when I was a little kid in the early 1970's, it opened in 1973 IIRC. I'm sure you got a lot of schools named after him around the nation. I do remember asking Grandma who was Martin Luther King when I was that age, she just called him an agitator and a communist. I'm a Glenn Beck listener but I think Beck idolizes him too much, I guess because before I would drink the Kool-Aid, I want to know more about MLKjr, you know, like the equivalent of kicking the tires, looking under the hood, the frame underneath and so on to use a car analogy. MLKjr did say a lot of right things and so on, but still there is a side of me that is skeptical on him when I've read articles where he dissed Barry Goldwater and advocated wealth redistribution.
37 posted on 01/19/2014 1:31:27 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: ilovesarah2012

One more thing, I keep the doors on my Hyundai Sonata locked when I drive near there. I’m glad the top speed is 132 MPH with my little 4-banger in case if I have to get outta there. ;)


38 posted on 01/19/2014 1:32:33 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Sometimes they paint murals to warn tourists.

So true! Anytime I see one of those, I assume that some "organized multicultural entity" (i.e.: the usual "whitey sucks" crowd) has gotten a couple of gallons of paint and local media coverage to make a wall in a declining neighborhood look crappy in a different way.

Mr. niteowl77

39 posted on 01/19/2014 1:33:56 PM PST by niteowl77 ("Well, THIS is a real predicament," he said.)
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To: VanDeKoik
same thing happened in Ithaca - The City of EVIL when the businesses on State Street(one of the main streets in the city) said they weren't about to change all their legal paperwork and letterhead etc for somebody with NO connection to the city whatsoever...
40 posted on 01/19/2014 1:36:30 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: WesternPacific

That’s what Owebama’s “Promise Zones” are all about.


41 posted on 01/19/2014 1:42:53 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Olog-hai
There are many streets named after trees and Presidents in this nation.There are also more than a few named after MLK.I'd bet the clothes on my back that,per capita,there are more welfare parasites,hookers,gang bangers and junkies living on the MLKs than on any other named street.
42 posted on 01/19/2014 1:44:21 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

There is a nice mile on MLK in Gainesville,FL.


43 posted on 01/19/2014 1:45:06 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

It’s a start!


44 posted on 01/19/2014 1:45:36 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Olog-hai

Here in the Pompano Area, Coconut Creek Parkway is lovely until it crosses Powerline and becomes MLK. It’s weird what even one street’s difference can make.

Is it the name of the street that did it? Or was the street renamed for the demographics?


45 posted on 01/19/2014 1:52:07 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Olog-hai

“The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital.”

The one in Atlanta is no walk in the park either.


46 posted on 01/19/2014 1:59:56 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Olog-hai
I wonder what the names of these streets were before they were changed to MLK drive, boulevard, etc.?

I bet that the "activists" wanted to change the name of the street from some "dead white guy slaveholder" to MLK, so as to give the people "pride".

So what has this newly found "pride" gained them?

47 posted on 01/19/2014 1:59:59 PM PST by PallMal
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To: fwdude

LOL but some truth to that. Raze them and start all over.


48 posted on 01/19/2014 2:00:18 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Olog-hai

This is ot but I have seen posts about locking car doors. Boy, do I have a story for you. I have been sick so I was sitting in a recliner yesterday near a front window. I heard a truck on the street and looked out the window. I watched the driver open my trunk from inside his truck. I made a police report mainly to see if this had been reported. Neither he not my Honda serviceman even knew it was possible. Why and how did someone open a trunk instead of the doors? I would find it had to believe except I saw the trunk open. Any ideas? I do not have to worry about my car growing runners because the battery is deader than a nail. The dealer is coming out tomorrow to tow it. What makes it even odder is my car battery was fine Thursday when I went to the dr.


49 posted on 01/19/2014 2:01:02 PM PST by MamaB
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To: Olog-hai

you want to find some of the worst slums in the country?

Start around any MLK boulevard


50 posted on 01/19/2014 2:07:34 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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