ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Near the corner of Martin Luther King and Hamilton, the neighborhood has fallen on hard times.
St. Louisan Melvin White sees an opportunity to improve his hometown and pay respect to Dr. King and the more than 700 streets nationwide that bear his name.
"We're out to change the stigma that has been placed on the streets as unsafe, crime-ridden, poverty-stricken streets all around America," White said.
Beloved Streets of America is the brainchild of White, and it's a non-profit with a single goal: Revitalize some of the most neglected streets in the country, all named after Dr. King. White is partnering with architect Derek Lauer.
"Basically what we're doing is an entire master plan for the city of St. Louis for the entire eight mile stretch of road," Lauer said. "Trying to set up a whole development strategy that we could implement across the country and all other cities that have Martin Luther King Drives... it's a big undertaking."
The immediate goals are to reduce blight and repair buildings --- sometimes by putting up positive messages from Dr. King himself.
They are also trying to solicit donations are corporate sponsorships - all part of an effort to make their dream a reality.
"Not only is it going to work in St. Louis, it could affect the change nationwide," Lauer said.