John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: January 15

Ten cities or towns with streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  1. New Bern, N.C.
  2. Jackson, Miss.
  3. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  4. Indianapolis, Ind.
  5. Portland, Ore.
  6. St. Petersburg, Fla.
  7. Seattle, Wash.
  8. Chicago, Ill.
  9. Little Rock, Ark.
  10. Washington, D.C

There's a common stereotype about streets named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., namely that they tend to be "economically marginalized." But a forthcoming study, to be published in the March 2007 edition of social Science Quarterly, says it ain't necessarily so. The study compared economic data for all streets named for King nationwide with streets named for John F. Kennedy, Main Streets, and U.S. streets in general. The data showed "there is no real difference between what we find on MLK streets and other categories of urban space," and that suggested that Main Streets were more likely to economically disadvantaged. For more info about the study, check out this Newhouse News Service article.


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