Photos: Take a Walk on Madison Avenue & See Its Ups and Downs

Words and photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Take a walk down Madison Avenue between from Twentieth Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard and see a stretch of road in need of some TLC.

In the photo tour below you will see some welcome new industry and the remnants of industry from Covington's past.

You'll also notice some beautiful homes and some not-so-beautiful (former) homes.

These blocks also feature some of my personal favorite pieces of architecture in the city, like the Duro Bag factory, the Stewart Iron Works building, the Scottish Rites Temple, Madison Avenue Christian Church, the Colonial Inn, and whatever the large mostly boarded-up building is at the corner of Sixteenth & Madison.

Most depressing on this walk, however, is the condition of the sidewalks. If you think the sidewalks are bad in your neck of the woods, take a peek at what's going on in this part of this city.

Covington officials have dedicated more resources to infrastructure improvements and hopefully these sidewalks will not go overlooked, though Madison Avenue, also known as KY-17, is a state road. Additionally, in many cases, property owners are responsible for repairs to sidewalks.

There are also occasional rumblings of possibly big developments on various sites on this stretch. If one or two of them ever came to fruition, it could be the jolt this area needs.

Take a look at the photos and then weigh on what you think can or should be done at The River City News Facebook page or Twitter feed.

The intersection of Twentieth & Madison:

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Outside the police station:

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Empty storefronts:

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Intersection of Nineteenth & Madison:

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Love these buildings:

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Blight:

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1700 block of Madison:

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Transitions, Inc is in a lovely building:

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1600 block of Madison:

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One of my favorite buildings in Covington. The first floor facade looks nice but the upper floors are in need of some love.

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1500 block of Madison:

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The troubled Colonial Inn:

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1400 block of Madison:

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The old Robke Ford lot:

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Duro Bag Factory building:

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Progress on the Walgreens store location:

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Intersection of MLK & Madison:

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