"Sometime in the mid 1990s, I became interested in how many cities have
a street named for Martin Luther King Jr., and how many of these MLK Blvds
seemed to have an awful lot of abandoned property, scary-looking bars, and small
groceries that accept food stamps. I though it would be interesting to do some
sort of book, a photo book, on the subject of this “legacy.” In 2000 we moved to
New Orleans, where I had many, many occasions to drive up and down the length of
Martin Luther King, day and night. Just to give a sense of it: The business I
found most intriguing was Project Food Store, which was just across the street
from a housing project.
web site, and turn “MLK Blvd” into a sort of “open source” journalism project —
interested parties could send in their own photos, or histories, or interviews,
or documents. It could be open-ended. It would be a great thing for students of
journalism or sociology or urban planning to participate in. I would be
particularly excited if I could attract contributions from people who actually
live on or near an MLK. Of course what I actually did about this was pretty much
nothing. Except: I did take these photographs, in 2003….
upload a batch of my MLK Blvd photos from 2003. These are now part of a "group
pool," and anyone who has pictures — or wants to make pictures — of any MLK
Boulevard, or Avenue, or Street, can contribute."
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