Harvard University, Melvin White and a Much-Needed Plan to Thwart Racial Exclusion in St. Louis

MAR 14, 2016

Later this month, I will join a consortium of well-known St. Louisans in Boston to discuss racial exclusion and ways to build social change in our region. We were invited by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Looking beyond decay: Individuals and institutions team up with residents to save MLK Drive

JAN 18, 2016

“I can’t tell you what to do about the situation. I’m just an old colored lady. But I can tell you this, I fell in love with Hamilton Avenue, and there’s no place I’d rather be.” —Lovie Haynes

Restoring MLK’s dream, street by street

JAN 18, 2016

Melvin White walks down an empty Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis, Missouri, recounting what once was a business or a home, but is now a rundown shell.

The Remaking of Martin Luther King Streets

NOV 23, 2015

They’ve been languishing for a long time but are finally becoming sites of urban intervention.Many public spaces still bear names and symbols that recall America’s history of racism.

Charity working to revitalize every street named after Dr. Martin Luther King

SEP 11, 2015

A nationwide effort to revitalize every street named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is underway. It’s starting right here in Saint Louis. The group has already hit a major setback.

Group Seeking To Revitalize MLK Drive Looks To Hydroponics For Economic Push

JAN 23, 2014

If all goes according to plan, a hydroponics factory could soon be located on Martin Luther King Drive. It’s the newest effort by St. Louis nonprofit Beloved Streets of America to revitalize the street.

Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

JAN 16, 2014

A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

Beloved Streets of America Nabs $25,000 for Hydroponic Gardens in North City St. Louis

JUNE 24, 2014

Melvin White’s goals for Beloved Streets of America are about as pie-in-the-sky as they can get: He wants to rebuild the community and economy along one of the most blighted sections of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis, starting with the area around the BSA office on the corner of Hamilton Street.

Green Gourmet: Beloved Streets of America

APRIL 17, 2014

If you happen to be driving along the 8-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard that begins in Wellston and ends in downtown St. Louis, it wouldn’t take too long to realize that there aren’t a lot of options for purchasing fresh, healthy foods in and around the neighborhood.