Bunyanesque Stairway to MLK
A couple of years ago I chanced across a townhouse development in driving somewhere Downtown in which adjacent houses of identical height formed a visual staircase up the hill to MLK Boulevard, but I didn't stop to take pix because the liting was poor at the time. I recently tracked down that giant staircase. It is on Spruce Street between Washington Street and MLK.
I had been on that block when I did the interview with Farmer John of Brick City Urban Farms, but hadn't noticed the townhouses across the street, perhaps because trees in full leaf obscure the staircase pattern. I must originally have seen the steps when the trees were bare.
It turns out that this complex, which is on both the north and south sides of Spruce Street, but more on the north side, is called the "Spruce Apartments". This next foto shows the shorter stretch of townhouses on the south side of the street.
I didn't realize until looking at a map today that 18th Avenue, at the end of my block, becomes Spruce Street, apparently (judging from Mapquest, which does not find either a 1 or a 2 18th Avenue), at Irvine Turner Boulevard. I'll have to follow 18th Avenue someday to see and take pix of Hayes Park West and Woodland Cemetery, which is in the same general vicinity as Hayes West. Why are there two Hayes Parks, one West, one East? Anyone?
Should the white people of Newark demand that a city park be (re)named for a white racist mass murderer of blacks? Is there even such a historical person for whom such a park could be named? I can't think of one. There was no single founder of the Ku Klux Klan, but perhaps we should demand that a "KKK Park" be established to balance "Nat Turner Park". "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander", and racism is racism, no matter whom it is directed against. Would blacks be as peaceful with a proposal to honor a mass murderer of blacks as white Newarkers have been about having a Newark park named for an anti-white mass murderer? I rather doubt it. And of course no white Newarker would even propose such a thing.
It is grotesque that people who are offended by the Confederate battle flag flying over Southern state capitol buildings and monuments to Confederate "heroes" should NOT find equally offensive the glorification of mass murder of white people in the antebellum South. What would we say if Germans were to establish an "Adolf Hitler Park" in Berlin? Hitler was obviously a major figure in German history, far more important than Nat Turner in American history. But I warrant that nearly-universal outrage would explode if Berliners established or renamed a local park to honor Adolf Hitler, on the basis that "No, he wasn't perfect, but he nonetheless deserves our respect. He wouldn't have done the terrible things he did if he hadn't been driven to it by the outrageous victimization of Germany in the Treaty of Versailles" (just as Nat Turner was 'driven' to his crimes by the outrageous victimization of black slavery). Some people can always find excuses for even the worst crimes.
In any case, I'll have to check out Hayes Park West, and East, at some point. I have not found, thru Google, any information about the Spruce Apartments. Anyone?