Closer look at Martin Luther King Boulevard in Tulsa

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 1/20 5:35 pm Published: 1/20 5:34 pm

Across the country and in Tulsa, there are roads named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But many of the communities along those roads are struggling with poverty and crime.

FOX23's Angela Hong went to that street in Tulsa and found neighbors believe the road doesn't do justice to King's legacy.

In Tulsa, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard stretches six miles from the Brady Arts District to 66th Street North.

On one end of the street shows signs of prosperity, growth and life.

"The Brady District ... It's thriving," said Rep. Kevin Matthews, from District 73.

But drive just a few miles north on the same road, it's a different story.

"In this area where mostly African-Americans reside. It's sad to see it doesn't reflect what Martin Luther King would want," said Matthews.

Even some of the people who live in the area say King wouldn't have been proud of this Tulsa road that's his namesake.

"No, he wouldn't have been proud of this. Why not? Because look at it. All the abandoned houses that need to be fixed up so people can live in. It's crazy," said Ashley Reed, a neighbor in the area.

"Many cities put Martin Luther King Jr. in the heart of the African-American communities and many times in areas where there aren't a lot of economic growth," said Matthews.

According to author Jonathan Tilove, who visited 650 roads named after King nationwide, the Martin Luther King roads, drives and boulevards are in struggling and heavily segregated communities.

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staceypatrece - 1/23/2014 11:00 AM
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Once again, Fox 23 News has twisted the words of a local black politian. I think I speak for every black native Tulsan when I say there is Section 8 housing all over Tulsa, and I am quite sure that if everything nortn of Pine St. wasn't REDLINED that there would be better grocery stores. Now for those of you who don't know what that means, here's a clue. NO ONE CAN GET A BUSINESS LOAN FOR THE NORTHSIDE OF TULSA. Now, I am quite sure that Rep. Matthews is aware of this, your reporter(whatever her name is)just made that last comment about better grocery stores and less Section 8 housing up. The question that I am 100% sure the Rep. really asked is this: WHY? Why does "MLK Blvd" stop abruptly at Archer? Why does it not extend south of that area into the Brady District? Nevermind, I think I know why. Martin Luther King Jr. sacraficed his life, so that cities would no longer be segregated. I must say, Tulsa is one of the most segregated cities in the nation. Fox 23 your fascist views will come back to haunt you.

Mayor Maynot - 1/20/2014 8:30 PM
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In reality the people who populate this stretch of real estate portray a vision of the American dream that I guess some are not ready or able to see. That is no matter who you are and no matter what economic level you live at there will always be a chance for you to be here.

karlschneider - 1/20/2014 6:01 PM
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If they want to clean up the legacy, they could start by cleaning up the trash.
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