Monthly Archives: April 2007

Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles,” originally uploaded by it is what it is….

Hard to say if there are many Wal-Mart’s on MLK BLVDs. But there’s one at MLK and Crenshaw in Los Angeles.

Flickr photographer it is what it is… also has a nice set of images of street art in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

 

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SE MLK Jr.

 

SE MLK Jr.,” originally uploaded by The One True b!X.

According to his Flickr profile:

A ten-year resident of Portland, The One True b!X was the writer, editor, and publisher of Portland Communique, a critically-acclaimed experiment in reader-supported independent journalism which ran from late 2002 until late 2005.

 Currently he has a site called Furious Nads!, and claims to have “absolutely next-to-no idea what the Hell he is doing when it comes to photography.” And yet his photographs suggest otherwise: See the Central Eastside (Portland) set, for instance.

Ferriday, Louisiana

Originally uploaded by Mamish.

Flickr standout Morris Brum contributed images from Ferriday, Louisiana, above, and after the jump. (Ferriday is, famously, the birthplace of cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart.)

More of Mr. Brum’s work can be found in JPG#7; the book Signs of Life; and, of course, his photo stream. (His Louisiana sets include the remarkable “Not The Ninth Ward.”) Continue reading

CLEANERS. ALTERATIONS.

CLEANERS. ALTERATIONS.,” originally uploaded by Kirkbride Palace.

Shuttered (?) storefront. Taken last summer on the 4400 block of MLK, on the North Side of St. Louis.

Mrs. Bird

Mrs. Bird,” originally uploaded by gwen.

[Gwen Harlow contributed a variety of compelling images to the MLK BLVD Flickr Pool; until recently, she actually lived on an MLK — Martin Luther King Jr. Way, in Oakland, CA. She shares the following story, below. See more of Ms. Harlow’s photography here; here’s an Oakland set]

Mrs. Bird [2nd floor, front] was my neighbor at 10th & MLK from 1988 until the day I took this photo in June 2007, which was the day she moved out. The new owner wanted us all gone, so we had to go. I moved to that block in 1988
and lived in three other apartments before settling at 939 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (née Grove Street) in Oakland, California, in early 1993. I lived in that apartment until 2007. After Mrs. Bird left, for that last month I lived
there, I had been in our neighborhood longer than anyone. It’s kind of sad when the Old Lady of your block is only 38 years old.

There used to be a bunch of old-time residents in our neighborhood, but they disappeared one by one, either died or, more often, were pushed and priced out by the encroaching gentrification of Jerry Brown’s Oakland. Mrs. Bird had been in our neighborhood longer than anyone, since she was a little girl in the 50s, her father owned the little Victorian next door til he passed a couple years
ago; her brother lived in the brick studios on 10th until he died shortly not too long after their dad. I’ve known her longer than almost anyone outside my family. Continue reading

St. Louis

mlk charrette – 11.jpg,” originally uploaded by urbanreviewstl.com.

Possibly the most extensive and thoughtful documentation of any single MLK has been that carried out on the site Urban Review STL by Steve Patterson . The above photograph is one of several he contributed to the MLK BLVD Flickr Pool a while back. At the time, the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was conducting a “design charrette” in St. Louis’ Ville neighborhood — a historic area where MLK Drive is a major street. “During the event I scootered up and down MLK getting photos of buildings both in the Ville and in areas east and west,” Patterson later wrote.

Of the above building he wrote: “Stunning building with corner storefront and attached flats.”

In September 2006, the building was razed:

IMG_5456.jpg,” originally uploaded by urbanreviewstl.com.

Patterson wrote at the time: “The photos are all that remain of this building that, if rehabbed, could have made a nice contribution to the streetscape. Instead another vacant lot will join all the others along MLK.”

More of Patterson’s images, plus links to and highlights from his writing on MLK Drive in St. Louis, after the jump. Continue reading

Super Sunday and a Second Line

IMG_5426,” originally uploaded by slimbolala.

 

New Orleanian David Olivier — his blog Slimbolala can be found here — contributed to the MLK BLVD Flickr Pool a very nice batch of images capturing The Revolution Second Line, parading on New Orleans’ MLK in 2006, a few months after Katrina, and Super Sunday, the big event of the year for the Mardi Gras Indian community. (Here is a quick overview of what Super Sunday is all about from Nola.com.)

Mr. Olivier is also a contributor to the book “Signs of Life,” which draws heavily on the work of Flickr photographers.

More of his MLK BLVD  contributions after the jump. Continue reading