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Board approves naming Memphis street for MLK
AP ^ | 01/12/2012 | ADRIAN SAINZ

Posted on 01/12/2012 1:47:29 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis officials on Thursday approved naming a city street after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., nearly 44 years after the civil rights leader was killed in the city.

The 10 members of the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board voted unanimously to re-name a nine-block downtown stretch as Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue. Previously called Linden Avenue, it runs in front of the FedExForum, where the Memphis Grizzlies play their home games, and parallel to Beale Street, the famous tourist drag.

The street also runs near the Clayborn Temple, where King rallied with striking sanitation workers days before he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. King also led a march on Linden Avenue during the strike.

The city already had a section of Interstate 240 dedicated to King, but the naming of a prominent street in the city's tourist district is being seen as a symbol that the city is finally taking steps to heal the wound caused by the assassination

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: memphis; mlk
Memphis didn't already have an "MLK Ave"?

I thought every major city in America had a steet in a dangerous part of town renames in honor of Dr. King.

Here in San Antonio we renamed Lord Road to MLK Dr. years ago.

1 posted on 01/12/2012 1:47:35 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
List of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr.

2 posted on 01/12/2012 1:49:11 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Linden Street is becoming a dangerous area of Memphis to visit so renaming it MLK Ave is very appropriate.


3 posted on 01/12/2012 1:51:21 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think it will end up on Microsoft’s new map.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 1:51:49 PM PST by Defiant (President Odinga is setting the stage for chaos in the streets. Obey!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

In Baltimore, MLK Blvd is the dividing line between the not so bad and downright ugly parts of town. You don’t want to go west of MLK in that city.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 1:55:05 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Looks like crime is going to be going up on Linden Avenue in Memphis. Where’s Chris Rock when you need him?


6 posted on 01/12/2012 1:55:18 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Responsibility2nd

The’ve had a MLK Expressway for years. This MLK Avenue is downtown near the Beale St. tourist district and I would say it’s a dangerous part of the city.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 1:55:56 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Jesse Jackson Ave is on the other side of town, but swears it’s right next to MLK.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 1:57:13 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Just like that, property values along that street dropped a significant amount.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 1:57:50 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Responsibility2nd

Self-deleting any and all comments relating to all cities with streets name “MLK Blvd” here and now.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 1:58:21 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

MLK Way in Seattle is right through a rough part of town.


11 posted on 01/12/2012 1:58:26 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: duffee

I was with the family on Beale Street in 2008. In the daytime. Nice touristy area. But I could tell - I knew then - this was no place for families to be after dark.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 1:59:04 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: SkyDancer
MLK Way in Seattle is right through a rough part of town.

"Roll 'em up!"

13 posted on 01/12/2012 2:00:06 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

*sigh* when will the madness end!

Nearly every freaking street and school in America is already named after the guy, enough already.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 2:00:58 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: dfwgator

“Noticing that plight, kids?”


15 posted on 01/12/2012 2:02:01 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: All

This is a classic example of politicians never learning anything. If you look around the country it is obvious that nobody wants to live on any street named after MLK. Why would a municipality want to create an almost guaranteed blighted area?


16 posted on 01/12/2012 2:02:06 PM PST by pokerone (Live Free or Die is more than a catchy slogan.)
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To: Larry Lucido

“Do you think these guys know The Commodores?”


17 posted on 01/12/2012 2:03:05 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Seems like every liberal in the US is trying to out do the others by naming everything they can find after MLK.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 2:03:54 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Some towns with black middle- and upper- class residents don’t want them; they think it gives a false (and very negative) image of their neighborhoods. The problem is that most “Martin Luther King” streets are in dangerous toilets.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 2:05:09 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: duffee
Back in '95, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza on Beale for a business trip. I asked one of my contacts there about places to go, things to see, resturaunts, etc.

He told me about a couple of places and said, "You can go to [can't recall], have a nice meal and not worry about somebody trying to kick your ass. There's also [don't remember] where you can have a drink, listen to some good music, and not worry about somebody trying to kick your ass."

I couldn't be certain if the town was dangerous or if this guy was a trouble magnet. Perhaps a little of both.

20 posted on 01/12/2012 2:08:32 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Be careful.

There’s already schools named after Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. With more to come. Roads too; I’m sure.

All in parts of town that you best not be caught in after dark.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 2:10:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Defiant

As Dave Chappelle said, if you find yourself on the corner of MLK and Malcolm X, you should run for you life!


22 posted on 01/12/2012 2:10:42 PM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: Track9

I`m certain that if the Reverend King were to return today, he would be Honored to walk down any street named after him. He might wear a flak jacket............... but ....................


23 posted on 01/12/2012 2:17:17 PM PST by Einherjar
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To: Responsibility2nd

In 20 years or less, streets all over the country will be renamed Barak Hussein Obama Ave.

In only about 10-12 more years the prisons will start filling with inmates with the first name of Barak.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 2:20:41 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Got MLK? Someone had to say it.


25 posted on 01/12/2012 2:21:41 PM PST by Leep
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To: Einherjar

I think he would be disgusted of what has become of the ‘civil rights’ movement. Probably want to slap jessy jack’son up side the head.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 2:31:23 PM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: edpc
Jesse Jackson Ave is on the other side of town, but swears it’s right next to MLK.

LOL! It even claims to have MLK's blood on it!

27 posted on 01/12/2012 2:34:49 PM PST by 10mm
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To: Responsibility2nd

Next will be Cesar Chavez Blvd., which will probably also be located in a seedy part of town.


28 posted on 01/12/2012 2:36:31 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Responsibility2nd

MLK Boulevard is where a lot of the state offices are located. There’s more thievery there than there is in North Minneapolis or in the Capitol Heights area of Saint Paul.


29 posted on 01/12/2012 2:39:02 PM PST by NorthStarStateConservative (The Democrat Party: Making Black People Slaves in Some Form Or The Other Since the 1850s)
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To: Graybeard58
In only about 10-12 more years the prisons will start filling with inmates with the first name of Barak.

That's about right, although I'd give it at least 15 years. In about 10 years from now, they'll be starting to populate the juvie detention centers and they'll be learning their future "trade".
30 posted on 01/12/2012 2:39:47 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Graybeard58
In only about 10-12 more years the prisons will start filling with inmates with the first name of Barak.

If this is any indication, yep:


31 posted on 01/12/2012 2:43:15 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Signalman

I think they have one of those in Austin TX.


32 posted on 01/12/2012 2:44:19 PM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: SkyDancer

Been there, done that. People are always getting shot down there in the Rainier Valley district because of all of the diversity.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 2:51:20 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
whats the over/under for the first murder after naming it mlk ave???
34 posted on 01/12/2012 2:51:20 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Signalman

Here in San Antonio we had Durango Blvd. A steet so named for over a hundred years. The majority of property owners on Durango Blvd. liked the name and did not want the City to change it. But our hispanic City Council wanted to stick it to the whities and rename it Cesar Chavez.

It got ugly. It even went to court. The majority of SA citizens wanted to keep the name Durango Blvd. But after spending $100,000.00; the hispanics at City Hall got their way.


35 posted on 01/12/2012 2:53:42 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: duffee

Downtown Memphis, Beale St. and the Fed X Forum area is probably one of the safest area’s of Shelby County. Anyone that says different is just not in the know.,


36 posted on 01/12/2012 4:15:47 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Responsibility2nd

We go down to the Fed Ex Forum all the time and other parts of Downtown at night. It is well lit and MPD is always around. Downtown Memphis the the place to be at night.


37 posted on 01/12/2012 4:23:26 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Chris Rock has great line about if your car runs out of gas on any street in America named Martin Luther King Blvd..

Get out of the car and RUNNNNNNN!!!!!! Or you’re gonna die!!!


38 posted on 01/12/2012 4:35:42 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: dfwgator

Who!

GO TIGERS


39 posted on 01/12/2012 4:47:41 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Coldwater Creek
Downtown Memphis, Beale St. and the Fed X Forum area is probably one of the safest area’s of Shelby County.

That'll change once they name the nearby street after MLK.

40 posted on 01/12/2012 4:51:56 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: All

They should just call it Murder & Mayhem Blvd.


41 posted on 01/12/2012 5:14:55 PM PST by troy McClure
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To: Responsibility2nd

What, no Malcolm the Tenth Way?


42 posted on 01/12/2012 5:19:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
This is actually a very useful Public service. Not so much for locals as the unwary and the tourist. This is true for half a mile on both sides of the street. Keep your doors locked and be prepared to run red lights when your life is threatened.

At night, get off that street as if your life depended on it. It does.

43 posted on 01/13/2012 1:26:35 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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