Cote Brilliante Avenue starts out nice enough just northeast of the intersection of Kingshighway and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, but it quickly turns bad the further you go east.
You might recognize the street’s name from the nightly news, as it passes through some of the most troubled portions of the city.
But past those nice two-family apartment buildings above, it goes downhill fast, as I documented back in April of 2016, when I investigated out-of-town land speculation on this long block.
This beautiful brick house above is still there that I photographed back then, but I was shocked at how many houses were now gone; it was practically unrecognizable from six years ago.
I don’t even remember these two houses the last time I was here.
At the end of the block, at Marcus Avenue, I remember the houses that used to be here; they had been hit hard by brick thieves, and I suspect they were finally put out of their misery recently.
The new grass is just starting to come up above the straw laid down after demolition.