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Nashville Remains City Without Street Named After Dr. King

Nashville Remains City Without Street Named After Dr. King

CREATED Jan 20, 2014

by Janet Kim 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville remains one of the few major cities in the country that does not have a street named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

More than 900 cities have a street named after Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, from Houston to Milwaukee. Although Nashville has a Rosa Parks Boulevard, it does not have a street named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nashville leaders have been debating the topic for years, and on this day, it's an issue coming back to the surface.

Metro Councilman Walter Hunt said the discussion has been going on for years and even brought up in recent months, but the idea hasn't gotten enough support from the community.

"It always puzzled me that when I go to any major city and there's an MLK Boulevard in the city and we don't have one," said

One of the streets he supports changing is 28th Avenue between Jefferson Street and West End Avenue.

The nearest major city with a street named after Doctor King is Clarksville, where there is a Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Chattanooga has one, too. Memphis just got their Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue in 2012.

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