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.




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.,” 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

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

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

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

Archibald’s BBQ


Inside,” originally uploaded by Made in Mississippi.

Amy Evans is back with a nice set of images of Archibald’s Bar-B-Q, on MLK Blvd. in Northport, AL. “Many–MANY–folks rank Archibald’s right up there as their #1 favorite A+ bbq joint,” she says. “The ribs really are great. And the sauce really is different from anything else in Alabama (mostly vinegar with a peppery punch). The real kicker, though, I think, is the place: it’s remote, it’s behind a house, it’s tiny, and it’s pink on the inside.”

Ms. Evans interviewed the owner, Mr. George Archibald, as part of “The Southern BBQ Trail: A Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Project.” This collection of oral histories and other interesting (and useful!) information can be found here.

And here is her October 5, 2006 interview with Mr. Archibald. The introduction explains:

A native Northport, Alabama, George Archibald spent years working in a steel mill. His wife, Betty, worked at a paper mill. In 1962 they opened Archibald’s Bar-B-Q in their hometown. George Archibald, Jr. was twelve years old when he started working in the family business. Today, he and his sister, Paulette Washington, run the business their parents started. Not much has changed—not the ribs, the vinegar-based sauce, not even the pink interior of the place. Loyal customers drive up even before they open the doors at 10:30 a.m.

And of course, don’t forget to visit Amy Evans’s site to see more of her photography and paintings. More images after the jump. Continue reading

MLK mural

MLK mural,” originally uploaded by Zervas.

“Pretty cool mural, taken from an angle,” writes Zervas, who has contributed several interesting images from Porltand, OR, to the MLK BLVD Flickr pool. See more of his work here. We hope to hear more from him in the future, but meanwhile, a couple more of his images after the jump. Continue reading

El Dorado

08-21-06-eldorado-mlk13,” originally uploaded by crfranko.


Mr. Charles Franklin is a New Orleans-based photographer, who travels for reasons of work, and sometimes for something other than work. He’s got a few interesting photojournalism projects of his own going, but was good enough to add some images to this pool from a visit to El Dorado, Arkansas.

Here’s his site. Here’s his El Dorado MLK Flickr set. A couple more images after the jump. Continue reading