Large parts of the Ville are not in good shape, I will admit that. But as the man from yesterday across the street from Sara Lou’s told me, he had been busy working on new housing being built by Northside… Continue Reading
I’ve long said the intersection of Sarah and St. Louis Avenues in the historic Ville (or technically Greater Ville) neighborhood has one of the most cohesive and beautiful ensemble of corner storefronts in the city. But as I’ve been documenting… Continue Reading
This first photo shows the old Grace Lutheran Church in happier times, back in December of 2013. That was back before kids starting breaking in and vandalizing the church. Based off of arrests, it was not children from the neighborhood,… Continue Reading
Reservoir Market was finally put out of its misery, sometime before September of this year. It looks like some of its walls are still preserved in its neighboring buildings. It is a sad loss, but not unexpected. North from there,… Continue Reading
I imagine it was similar when the interstates crashed through St. Louis back in the day. One day you had regular blocks of houses across the street from you, and the next month you had nothing. That’s what it’s like… Continue Reading
I constantly see things in North St. Louis that wouldn’t be allowed in other parts of the city. For example, the street here is just busted up with no warning markers.
These four-family apartment buildings sit right on N. Florissant Avenue, just south of Salisbury Street in Hyde Park. They are right on a major thoroughfare, but despite or because of it, they sit abandoned and trashed.
There are some very old houses behind St. Liborius on Monroe Street in between 18th Street and N. Florissant Avenue, and some of them are still occupied. But others, sadly, are not, and they could be such great houses, only… Continue Reading
I know many of my readers are not thrilled with the current owners of St. Liborius, but I do want everyone to consider what happens to buildings with huge maintenance expenses that are abandoned. Taken for example the rectory, which… Continue Reading
The only positive thing I can say about the demolition of the beautiful apartment buildings on Branch Street, cut off from viability in the 1950s by the interstate, is that I thought the small corner building on the end would be… Continue Reading