What reinvestment could do for a neighborhood such as Hyde Park, full of small bungalows like the one above, perfect for a first-time home buyers.
Little old wood frame houses may be in bad shape, but they represent an important link to the early Nineteenth Century, when many of these were built.
But vacant lots prevail, and otherwise healthy buildings sit empty.
The streetscapes are intact in much of the neighborhood, but beautiful rowhouses like the one below are being slowly demolished.
Update: The corner store is being renovated, as of summer of 2017.
But some people are renovating, having faith in the neighborhood.
Please join me for my lecture about the Green Book and St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum, February 16 at 7:00 PM.