Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. street revitalization assessment
Agee, Deshea D.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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Over 900 streets bear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's name. Many of these streets are in urban areas, stigmatized by blight and disinvestment. If left unaddressed, streets named after Dr. King may fail to become vibrant components of neighborhoods. If revitalized in a way that fails to consider racial equity and inclusion, MLK streets may be gentrified, and residents may be displaced. As multimodal transportation extends into urban areas, safety and pedestrian needs become larger concerns. Vacant and underutilized commercial properties on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets affects investment in the immediate and adjacent neighborhoods, and potentially the quality of life of residents. By understanding the challenges to MLK street revitalization, communities may identify strategies to implement to improve the image and vitality of streets bearing the name of Dr. King. Stakeholders in all sectors play a critical role in the process of establishing vibrant MLK streets. Efforts to improve Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets begins with an examination of funding tools and organizations positioned in cities where MLK streets exist.