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This blog is a photorecord of a street in transition, in Portland, Oregon. I have lived near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and it is suddenly undergoing rapid change in numerous blocks – and I realized I want to track some of those changes, and describe what MLK is, and what it is becoming.  Welcome!

MLK Boulevard was previously known as NE Union Avenue, Union Avenue N, and several other names before that. Blog posts will mention these names when they are historically appropriate.

You can contact me at mlkinmotion@gmail.com!

Alan

13 comments

  1. Just F.Y.I.: The majority of the links that I’ve clicked in your blog so far contain too much formatting and thus do not direct to the sites properly. Most of them contain and additional set of “http”s and forward slashes.

  2. Hello,

    Thanks so much for this blog. I accidentally stumbled upon it, and I’m so glad I did. I live near MLK Blvd and it’s wonderful to know about what’s going on as well as see the street from another perspective!

  3. Do you know the history of the Standard Dairy building? It’s always struck me as being intriguing yet out of place at the same time.

  4. What can you tell me about the far end of MLK? I live near the intersection of MLK and Lombard.

    Would love to be more involved in the happenings on MLK, new to the area and very curious.

    I see new trees have been planted in the islands on MLK. After a heavy letter writing campaign with Friends of Trees, Urban Forestry, The City of Portland, and ODOT. Though I find it odd that there are islands where trees were planted years ago and have been forgotten.

  5. Alan,

    I just finished reading the extremely interesting and insightful Oregonian article today about you and the history of Martin Luther King Blvd.

    Being a ‘east-coast transplant’ like yourself (I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Portland in 2000), I’ve often wondered about the history of Portland and sometimes of the busy MLK Blvd. My mother-in-law used to live just off the corner of NE Going St (4500 block) before moving out to Gresham and I am a FedEx Express courier who has delivered many packages in that area from NE Mason (4100 block) down to NE Broadway (1700 block).

    Thanks for doing some quality research here on your blog and giving me some interesting reading this afternoon. Keep up the very insightful posts.

    - Erik

    http://kowalker.com/

  6. cheers friend!
    …I just wanted to pipe up and say hey! I grew up not far from what was Union Ave. in the 70′s and 80′s, graduating from Jefferson in ’88 and promptly leaving Portland for just about 20 years. Yes! the changes are dramatic…

    I read with interest the story of Weimers (that was where we’d go for hardware way back then, but if I remember it must’ve been open ’til the early 80′s..they had a sign w/a wise owl who said: “jusy say Y-mers!”)
    And yes, I do recall the ugly ‘possum incident of the early 80′s, back when I was 10…
    But there were also happy and fun things from the ‘hood too..Like hearing the tent revival @ Union and Fremont, a good 1/2 mile away…
    Or the roar of joy and victory in June ’77 after the Blazers beat the 76ers at the Coliseum…we could hear that too, a couple miles away. I think the official soundtrack from every battered car cruising up and down the way must’ve been Stevie Wonder’s “You Can Feel it All Over”, a celebration of our modest little city and more fervently, our neighborhood and sense of selves.

    How fun to reminisce!
    ..And read about your project. Keep in touch I’d be happy to share some more.

  7. Alan,

    I just finished reading the extremely interesting and insightful Oregonian article today about you and the history of Martin Luther King Blvd.

    Being a ‘east-coast transplant’ like yourself (I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Portland in 2000), I’ve often wondered about the history of Portland and sometimes of the busy MLK Blvd. My mother-in-law used to live just off the corner of NE Going St (4500 block) before moving out to Gresham and I am a FedEx Express courier who has delivered many packages in that area from NE Mason (4100 block) down to NE Broadway (1700 block).

    Thanks for doing some quality research here on your blog and giving me some interesting reading this afternoon. Keep up the very insightful posts.

    - Erik

  8. Hi Alan! I also learned about your research into the history of MLK Blvd in the Sunday Oregonian, which I just read tonight! I’m so happy to know that you are doing some thorough research into this fascinating “highway,” street, boulevard!

    I live near Fremont and MLK, and walk in that general area every day. I’m also writing about some of these walks I’ve made over the past 10 years, in a webtv newsgroup.

    Consequently I’ve many questions about some aspects of this area. And who knows? I might have seen or heard something you would find of interest! E&D

  9. Would anyone be interested in getting involved with the King Neighborhood Association’s land use and transportation comittee? Right now there is only myself and I could use some help.

    Please contact me directly if you’re open to reviewing land use plans in the King neighborhood.

    Thank you,
    Chris Stebbins

  10. hey there! I’d like to invite you to come photo blog our restaurant. We replaced Carpaccio’s at NE MLK @ NE FREMONT. We hope you have a better experience with Pasta Allegro than you did the last time you dined in this spot. And then you can tell the world about it! ~~~~ Tammy Hobrecht

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