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Urban streets named
for MLK still struggle

Associated Press, by Alan Scher Zagier

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/19/2014 12:05:53 PM

St. Louis — 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

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Thanks to LBJ, MLK means "stay away."

By coincidence, the same rule applies to most any street named after black "civil rights" icons; Rosa Parks, for example.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: joew9, 1/19/2014 12:11:17 PM     (No. 9697870)

Chris Rock has a bit in his comedy routine that no matter what city you go to you will find a MLK Blvd.
And, he says, if you find yourself on MLK Blvd, no matter the city,... Run! And his mostly black audience howls in laughter and apparently agreement.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/19/2014 12:17:10 PM     (No. 9697874)

"A walk down the 6-mile city street..."

What, Al, you did that?! Really? Did you drive there, leave the car and take stroll? A bus? Did you actually take a BUS to MLK? Help me here, Al...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/19/2014 12:27:32 PM     (No. 9697882)

So? If America renames the streets in honor of John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan, would that move the "hope & change" needle forward, Professor Zagier?---I don´t think so!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 1/19/2014 12:32:43 PM     (No. 9697892)

So 20.5 trillion to eliminate poverty since 64 hasn´t helped. Could there be some genetic issues involved?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Objectivity, 1/19/2014 12:35:13 PM     (No. 9697894)

Hypocrisy alert case in point (which ´AP´ nor anyone else touch with a 10 foot pole):

Chicago.....the most racially segregated large urban area in Amerika. Ask yourself...why does no one draw attention to that fact or its implications?

Think ´Detroit´----the brilliant hypocritical academics nor legal profession do not want to disturb the corrupt automatic voting bloc which Chicago perpetuates which funds many of them self-interestedly.

Tip of the hat to classic Mike Royko "Boss" which highlights this ´fact´.....

....How many decades has this been obvious...but UofChicago nor NorthwesternU or Bill Ayers just cannot seem to examine the implications of all this ´sheep-herding´

What a great country...thank you for your faux outrage fake AP!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/19/2014 12:41:56 PM     (No. 9697906)

Whenever you are in an unfamiliar city and hear the name "Martin Luther King Boulevard", avoid it like the plague. It will be the center of or very near the worst, most dangerous part of town.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nigella, 1/19/2014 12:43:31 PM     (No. 9697907)

I wonder why that is.....sarc/off

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns, 1/19/2014 12:50:45 PM     (No. 9697913)

More accurately - urban areas with streets named after MLK still ( and always will) struggle.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dr. Kranky, 1/19/2014 12:59:57 PM     (No. 9697928)

Also, never go anywhere near Cesar Chavez Boulevard either!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 1/19/2014 1:10:27 PM     (No. 9697938)

#5, that Royko "Boss" fact was written what..35-40 years ago? True then, distilled truth now. (I loved Royko...sigh.)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 1/19/2014 1:20:26 PM     (No. 9697946)

The streets named after MLK actually perform a service for out-of-town visitors looking to score some dope.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: eoddad, 1/19/2014 1:39:31 PM     (No. 9697965)

This is the only thing the left has ever given me and it is appreciated.

MLK alert goes off it´s time to lock my doors and do a mental search for my 2nd amendment tool.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ken M., 1/19/2014 1:40:40 PM     (No. 9697967)

#6 beat me to it. Several years ago, a friend said "... when you hear MLK blvd (or street, etc.), you know it´s in the heart of Dixie ..."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: STLstudent, 1/19/2014 2:07:19 PM     (No. 9697988)

We are not allowed in any forum to tell the truth about the life of MLK. He was not the god-like caricature that is honored in popular culture. He was a serial adulterer. His doctoral thesis was largely the theft of another man´s work (plagiarism). He was not a man of honor.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 1/19/2014 2:18:37 PM     (No. 9697997)

"I don´t care where you are in America, if you´re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there´s some violence going down.
If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they´re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’"
--- Chris Rock

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/19/2014 2:40:39 PM     (No. 9698015)

Clarksville, TN has Wilma Rudolph Blvd and it is a pretty nice area. Lots of retail there.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: john56, 1/19/2014 2:51:18 PM     (No. 9698022)

#5 and 10 ... Royoko´s Boss (I can still remember reading that book about Old Mayor Daley´s Chicago in the 70s) talks a lot about how Chicago´s leadership had to search for a proper street to name after Rev. Dr. King.

Seems any street that went into "white" neighborhoods was immediately eliminated from consideration.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: losgatos, 1/19/2014 2:55:46 PM     (No. 9698024)

One might think a certain group of people would take this fact as a lesson but since nearly everyone in this group are democrats that´s impossible. I´ve never heard of a failing democrat program that they scrapped, changed, improved. They are Einstein´s definition of insane.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chippewa, 1/19/2014 3:34:09 PM     (No. 9698041)

Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit is also not a pretty site. I think it was originally 12th Street, the starting point of the 1967 riot.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 1/19/2014 4:21:47 PM     (No. 9698063)

easy fix..
just be more careful what you re-name..

Times Square = MLK Square
Rodeo Drive = MLK Drive
Hyannis Port = MLK Port
Fisherman´s Wharf = MLK Wharf

that will ensure that high quality areas are correctly named and should keep everyone happy..
a LOT easier than naming slums after that guy and trying to get them up to speed..


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Reply 21 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/19/2014 6:34:52 PM     (No. 9698122)

Same here in Las Vegas. M.L.K Blvd is a disaster area (Major parts of it). You drive through there and shudder thinking about what could happen if your car should die in the middle of it.

One while wife and I were there stopped at a red light a huge, fierce looking black man came up to the car and pounded on my window (drvr´s side) "What ´chu dooin´ here cracker? Get the F out´a our town,b@#!ch!" Scared us both- but especially wife. She will not ride with me if we go that way- Have to take the freeway around it now.

Drugs, drugs and hate- it´s all going south.

Pretty seething.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/19/2014 9:12:38 PM     (No. 9698195)

Most Likely Killed


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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/19/2014 10:50:45 PM     (No. 9698279)

You could give every poor black guy a brand new Cadillac, and it wouldn´t help a thing in the long run. Naming a strip of asphalt or concrete after a faux hero isn´t going to correct the serious flaw which is in black culture.

Had MLK been a magnificent teacher of the Word of God, as he was ordained to do, rather than delving into politics, which he was not supposed to do (separation of church & state, anyone?), imagine the impact he might have had on black Americans for generations to follow! He could have been the black Billy Graham, or John Wycliff, or Jon Hus. Instead, he spawned the black seperationist and black liberation theology movements, which have done nothing but increase hatred and strife.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/19/2014 11:52:48 PM     (No. 9698312)

"Urban" ? Every MLK Blvd I have ever seen was a ghetto, particularly Liberty City. Around 1980 the news said Miami was on fire. It was only Liberty City. Probably the most dangerous place in FL.

How is it that those that worship King didn´t respect him enough to keep the areas clean ? Wait for it.. more grants going to restoration.

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