This is my ninth look at St. Louis’ Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Martin Luther King Day. As before, the street doesn’t do the man justice. For the previous eight years I started downtown, west to the city limits and returned. That was done by car or motor scooter, but I longer have a car. Recently returning to St. Louis in a rented car I had the foresight to exit I-44 at Jamison, making my way over to McCausland and Skinker to the west end of MLK Dr.
The following are sixteen images from my drive east to downtown.
A few bright spots exist along this 5.7 mile stretch (map), but a more comprehensive approach is needed to address the myriad of problems that exist. The piecemeal approach isn’t going to do much beyond the immediate areas that have seen reinvestment.
We must find ways to get sources of good employment in the area again. It’s easy for you tell tell me the reasons why reality is that won’t happen, why jobs left and won’t return. I know why. I want to know ideas for bringing new jobs in the future.
Tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the Arlington Heights Apartments.
— Steve Patterson
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