Chocolate City St. Louis
AP feature on the travesties that are Martin Luther King streets through the Bell Curve Cities in which they run. Dateline St. Louis.
None of this is a shock to the typical person reading these words:
The template can be found just a mile away. Delmar Boulevard, which saw a similar decline, is now a vibrant retail corridor packed with restaurants, nightclubs, a renovated movie theater and a boutique hotel. The renaissance earned Delmar recognition in 2007 as one of “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.
What they’re talking about is the U-City Loop along Delmar west of the city limits gradually spreading east of the city limits eastward along Delmar in the general direction of the MissingLink stop. But that’s not a result of black people, those are the doings of SWPL leftist white people. And remember, The Loop on both sides of the city limits have seen several outbreaks of mahogany mobs in a recent handful of years.
Journalist Jonathan Tilove, who wrote a 2003 book based on visits to 650 King streets nationwide, called the King byways “black America’s Main Street.”
“Map them and you map a nation within a nation, a place where white America seldom goes and black America can be itself,” he wrote. “It is a parallel universe with a different center of gravity and distinctive sensibilities. … There is no other street like it.”
“Where white America seldom goes” because of black crime, and “where black America can be itself,” and therefore you see the results.
More than 50 years after King led his march on Washington, communities large and small still debate whether to rename local streets in his honor. In Harrisonburg, Va., city leaders recently agreed to rename a street for King over protests by some residents. A similar debate continues in High Point, N.C., where a King street proposal first suggested two decades ago remains up in the air.
But in the rare circumstances where white people get to vote on such things, they tend to reject naming any streets after Martin Luther King.
Don’t rest on your laurels just yet. Wait until we start getting a glut of ghetto boulevards renamed for Barack Obama. Already, a part of Washington Avenue through Midtown is secondarily named for him. The point is, we know to stay away from Martin Luther King street, and we will soon know to stay away from Barack Obama street.
For the record, the original name for St. Louis’s Martin Luther King Drive was Easton Avenue from the city limits eastward to where it shifts diagonally toward Downtown, and through Downtown it was named Franklin Avenue. The Martin Luther King Bridge was the Veterans Bridge, and Martin Luther King Drive through Wellston, which is actually the same drag as the city’s MLK Drive, was St. Charles Rock Road, which it still becomes once you get west of Wellston.