I recently took a scooter ride down Martin Luther King Avenue from Downtown to the St. Louis border with Wellston, MO. The ride yielded 165 photos documenting this time and place in some struggling areas of our city. Some light discussion and photos of this important east-west street that forms a border for seventeen separate neighborhoods.
W.C. Handy spent time in St. Louis around 1893; enough time to inspire one of his best known works: "St. Louis Blues", one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song. The song was published in 1914 by Handy's own company. The song gained so much popularity that it inspired the dance step the Foxtrot.