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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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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.
Linden Street is becoming a dangerous area of Memphis to visit so renaming it MLK Ave is very appropriate.
I think it will end up on Microsoft’s new map.
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.
Looks like crime is going to be going up on Linden Avenue in Memphis. Where’s Chris Rock when you need him?
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.
Jesse Jackson Ave is on the other side of town, but swears it’s right next to MLK.
Just like that, property values along that street dropped a significant amount.
Self-deleting any and all comments relating to all cities with streets name “MLK Blvd” here and now.
MLK Way in Seattle is right through a rough part of town.
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.
"Roll 'em up!"
*sigh* when will the madness end!
Nearly every freaking street and school in America is already named after the guy, enough already.
“Noticing that plight, kids?”
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?
“Do you think these guys know The Commodores?”
Seems like every liberal in the US is trying to out do the others by naming everything they can find after MLK.
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.
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.
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.
As Dave Chappelle said, if you find yourself on the corner of MLK and Malcolm X, you should run for you life!
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 ....................
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.
Got MLK? Someone had to say it.
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.
LOL! It even claims to have MLK's blood on it!
Next will be Cesar Chavez Blvd., which will probably also be located in a seedy part of town.
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.
If this is any indication, yep:
I think they have one of those in Austin TX.
Been there, done that. People are always getting shot down there in the Rainier Valley district because of all of the diversity.
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.
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.,
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.
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!!!
That'll change once they name the nearby street after MLK.
They should just call it Murder & Mayhem Blvd.
What, no Malcolm the Tenth Way?
At night, get off that street as if your life depended on it. It does.