Hope Chu, currently completing a master’s in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, finished a cool project last spring: A catalog of some 90 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., with some geographic, demographic and polling metadata incorporated. Check it out here.
Here’s Chu’s statement:
Martin Luther King, Jr
A typology of 90 of the over 700 streets, avenues, boulevards, highways, roads, &c named in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, in the United States. Each street is abstracted to a simple black line, and sorted by type of street. Information about the length of the street, the African American population of the area, and the voting results of the district in the 2008 presidential election is also included. This catalogue explores the effect (or non-effect) of honoring this historical figure in such a prosaic manner and with such proliferation.