1. Chris what can you attribute the high rate of abandonment in this neighborhood to?

    • A lot of the houses in the first couple of pictures are very old, probably dating to the years right after the Civil War, perhaps even built before Baden was annexed into the City of St. Louis. It is hard to get a home repair loan on a house that is structurally problematic, and certainly some zipcodes are next to impossible to get financing for home purchasing. I fear for Baden’s future.

      • So what do you see in the future for this area? Will there need to be full blocks redeveloped to a different use? When does a neighborhood lose all viability?

        • There really doesn’t seem to be any plan for arresting the continued decline of Baden. The past alderman and the current one, as well as City Hall, seems to be completely at a loss to combat the problems of this neighborhood. Expect more abandonment in the future.

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