|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.