MLK St. extension bid picks up speed

MLK St. extension bid picks up speed

There are 95 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 25, 2006, titled MLK St. extension bid picks up speed. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A push to extend Martin Luther King Jr. Street to Indianapolis' northern edge is pitting supporters who say the 3-mile-plus stretch short-shrift's King's legacy against critics who worry about the impact on ...

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Bedford, MA

#1 Oct 25, 2006
The city should demand 25 million dollars for the name change.
Steve Washington

Tours, France

#2 Oct 25, 2006
Why just relegate him to a street? I think we should rename Indianapolis to "Dr. Martin Luther King". What an even more powerful and perpetual way truly to honor Dr. King's legacy. I think anyone who opposes this idea is just prejudiced.
As I said yesterday

Danville, IN

#3 Oct 25, 2006
the sooner the better!
for so many reasons!
Loretta Dodson

United States

#4 Oct 25, 2006
WHY???????Why????? What a collosal waste of money!!! Can we not think of something else to do with the money it would cost, like helping to keep our children occupied and off the streets in after school programs?
TV Junkie

Louisville, KY

#5 Oct 25, 2006
Bad idea.
Jocelyn-Tandy Adande


#6 Oct 25, 2006
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Way

If there is going to be a change, I would support a memorial way, rather than a street renaming. Michigan Road is a part of U. S. and Indiana History.

There are more important issues needing to be addressed regarding race relations in this city. Several individuals listed are not native born Hoosiers; therefore Indiana history has no significant meaning to them.

What is the relationship of Rev. King to Michigan Road or the north Westside of the city?

West, Northwestern, Michigan Road, US 431,

Rev. Martin Luther King was a Baptist Minister; references to him should read "Rev. Martin Luther King" Memorial Way, for historical purposes.

Indianapolis is my home, preserve Indiana historical landmarks first, and all other history is secondary.

Ceremonial tributes will not fix the problems in this city.

Greenfield, IN

#7 Oct 25, 2006
Why not take the money that it would cost for the renaming venture and give it to Brookside Community Program that is on the verge of shutting down due to funding? Seems to me that giving our children a safe place is far more important than renaming a street.

Chicago, IL

#8 Oct 25, 2006
I think it would be something that this city should do without hesitation.I would like to know what can I do to show my support for this?

Danville, IN

#9 Oct 25, 2006
Loretta Dodson wrote:
WHY???????Why????? What a collosal waste of money!!! Can we not think of something else to do with the money it would cost, like helping to keep our children occupied and off the streets in after school programs?
Calm down! Doing what you suggest would take planning, staff, commitment and dedication--now, you know that's NOT going to happen! let the guy have his street--he knew all about high ideals and frustration.

Brownsburg, IN

#10 Oct 25, 2006
Who was that "Meridian" dude and why do we still have a street named after him? Let's rename that entire long street Dr. ML King Street ! It runs the whole length of our county.
Byrian Ramsey

Walhonding, OH

#11 Oct 25, 2006
After all we have heard about crime in the city, I am amazed the money needs to be spent on renaming the street. In my opinion, the money should be put on Crime Prevention and a simple sign posted, like the memorial way. I totally understand MLK, Jr method and I know he would support fighting crime.
Dimita Lander-Thompson

Clarksburg, IN

#12 Oct 25, 2006
I am in support for renaming MLK up to 96th Street, it does appear to be segregated due to MLK stopping at 38th Street, all MLK street are in black communities, I lived in LA and MLK does run across Crenshaw Blvd which is in the black community, MLK should be expanded up to 86th Street at least, 96th Street would be even better !!!

Brooklyn, IN

#13 Oct 25, 2006
I have no problem with the name change but I question the cost factor to the city to change all the signs and to the business community located on Michigan Road to have to change their name on their materials. This at a time that the city is looking to cut expenses and cure a deficit.
Peace advocate

New Palestine, IN

#14 Oct 25, 2006
Politics,Politics...after all the election..cost to the business community along this stretch of change all their letter heads and advertising? NO just election year politics as usual
jesse jackson

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Oct 25, 2006

Evansville, IN

#17 Oct 25, 2006
This seems to be a matter of making a change for the sake of change. Not to discredit Dr. King's legacy, but is this change really something that is needed? There are so many other things in this city that need funding that are needed changes, so why squander resources?

Additionally, it is mentioned in this article and several posts that in the majority of cities with a street named after Dr. King, there is little diversity, as they are predominantly African American communities. I'd be inclined to believe that, over time, what is now a diverse mix of races and ethnicities would become an extension of the current MLK Boulevard, a predominantly black area that lacks the diversity that is mentioned as a "selling point" of this renaming initiative.

If the city or state (or a non-profit organization) would want to throw money at a project to honor Dr. King's legacy, why not make the current MLK Boulevard a true tribute to him, instead of the vein of a dilapidated neighborhood? The quality of the area surrounding Dr. King's legacy should trump the quantity of the miles devoted to him.
Southport guy

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Oct 25, 2006
I wonder how many residents and visitors know that we have a Rosa Parks Elementary school in Indianapolis? I am very proud of that and to name a main thoroughfare after MLK would be just what the city needs to help increase the diversity image we all talk about but can't seem to get around the costs of something..I would give my right arm to be able to donate money for this undertaking..Call me

Martinsville, IN

#20 Oct 25, 2006
The problem with this is that we are trading historical significance for political correctness. Michigan Road, named two centuries ago, was also a main artery in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to the free North.

It's a dangerous precedent. Why can't there also be Eisenhower Blvd., honoring an accomplished general and President of around the same time?

It's a slippery double standard being applied. Not only that, but will the property-owners be willing to foot the bill for all of the sign changes on the length of the road (approximately seven miles)?? Wait, Rep. Orentlicher is on the board, so I doubt it...

Point is, there are more important things to worry about than the name of a road. How about the crimes in predominantly black community that bring down the rest of the city?? What about the increasing taxes and public subsidizing of more private ventures?? Is our government more for all the people or more for themselves??
Raj Patel

United States

#21 Oct 25, 2006
Just my opinion regarding the issue of renaming Michigan Road. Why are we concerned about appearances? Does anyone think that renaming a street reduces crime, improves schools, or makes better understanding amongst the citizens? If someone can prove this, I will sponsor the first street sign change.

Years ago, just before a mayoral election in Chicago, the mayor and councilors endorsed such plans. Various areas of Chicago were given commemorative names based on figures of historical importance to the residents of the area. This was done with great pomp and circumstance, but pretty soon these commemorative signs were met with the same fate (vandalism) as the original street signs. Nothing changed. Neighborhoods were the same, but a lot of money was spent in the planning, discussing, voting, project management, signs, traffic blockages during the work, etc. This cost is just to the government (and for those who don't realize it, that government is you and me). Additionally, the private sector has to update stationary, advertisements, signs, etc. IndyGo has to update the printed schedules and update the website. All of this is not free.

Does this analysis make me a bigot or a racist? No, this makes me a good citizen and fiscally sound. I will support this change 110%, if the sponsors of this ordinance/name change collect enough money to pay for the change privately. But if the collection is made, would Dr. King not be more impressed by having this money go to an MLK scholarship, or an MLK daycare for the needy than a name of the street?
Darren Palmer

Evanston, IL

#23 Oct 25, 2006
If the objective of becoming a great leader is to see how many miles of road you can get named after yourself then yes this would be appropiate. I personanly do not think this is the case. I believe the family of Dr. King would rather have some iniciative to promote peace and equality along the streets that bear his name.

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