Category Archives: Martin Luther King Drive

Finding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen Our city’s enduring legacy to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. consists of the renamed Veterans Memorial Bridge (built 1951, renamed 1968) and the several-miles of combined Franklin and Easton avenues (renamed in 1968). The bridge is … Continue reading

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3850 Martin Luther King, Destroyed by Fire Today

by Michael R. Allen Here is a photograph from December 2009 showing the two-story commercial building at 3850 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive that was destroyed by fire this afternoon (at left here).  The building and its neighbors dated to … Continue reading

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MLK Clean Up

From State Senator Jeff Smith: Closer to home, I’m organizing our second annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Cleanup of MLK Jr. Blvd in the city, on Monday, Jan. 19 – the state holiday honoring the civil rights leader. This … Continue reading

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MLK in St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen Perhaps my experience of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in St. Louis was epitomized by watching a lone wrecker. The man was palletizing bricks and stoking a bright orange barrel fire fed by millwork and … Continue reading

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Hope on Martin Luther King Drive

by Michael R. Allen I spent some of my morning talking with a building owner in the Wellston Loop area. He has big plans for his big building, the former J.C. Penney store at 5930 Martin Luther King Drive. (This … Continue reading

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Charrette on MLK Drive this Saturday

This announcement fell into my inbox: Help plan for the future of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in the Ville Neighborhood! Alderman O.L. Shelton, the City of St. Louis and AIA St. Louis are working together to bring together design … Continue reading

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Coming Down This Week

by Michael R. Allen Urban Review St. Louis reports that the Doering Mansion is almost gone. Demolition began last week. Also nearly gone this week is the art deco Regal Theater on Martin Luther King Boulevard. I have been following … Continue reading

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Old Easton Avenue

by Michael R. Allen One of the two remaining three-story 19th-century commercial buildings on the south side of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive just west of Jefferson disappeared last week. We have no photograph of the building. May someone else … Continue reading

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5900 Block of Martin Luther King Boulevard

by Michael R. Allen Don De Vivo took these photographs of this St. Louis block in 1998, capturing conditions that have only worsened in the course of seven years. This block is part of a long commercial corridor on Martin … Continue reading

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