I often tell people that large numbers of people once lived in the areas now east of I-70 and I-55, but that the interstates destroyed their connection to the rest of the city to the west. But what is so interesting is that many of these buildings continued to be occupied, often by people I must say with no disrespect intended, to be a little rough around the edges.
But certainly it takes a certain level of toughness to live in these forgotten nether regions, once a desirable and short walk to the industry along the river, they became orphans. Technically, these houses were originally part of Old North St. Louis’s original town grid, but that connection is now often forgotten.
Sadly, even the resilient residents of these houses have moved out now too, and the proverbial dumped tires and devastation follow shortly.