Academy Avenue in the West End

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I was coming back from photographing Oak Grove Cemetery when I decided on a lark to turn down Academy, an irregular trapezoid shaped piece of land between Page and MLK west of Kingshighway where the streets fan out unlike anywhere else in the city. I came across this beautiful apartment building, with its mate facing Wells Avenue, both built in 1912.

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I love how they relate to each other spacially, and perhaps the larger backyard on the left is because of the streets fanning out in this area. For some reason, a couple living in Florissant owns these buildings. Slumlords and their sad, sickly love of money disgust me. The two buildings were condemned in 2012; God only knows the disgusting conditions alluded to in the City’s database that residents were forced to endure.

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This older building above, probably a four-family from the turn of the century, sits abandoned.

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I could have sworn I remember seeing Rabbit’s Snack Shop open in the past. That’s what’s important to realize: this area is continuing to decline. How can we help? Look below, as nature swallows the built environment on this sad forgotten street.

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