Update: Repairs began a couple of weeks after the collision.
Well, it finally happened. An insane, totally irresponsible jerk was hurtling through my neighborhood of Tower Grove East and crashed into another car, and then came to rest at the base of the beautiful corner store at the northwest corner of South Compton Avenue and Arsenal Street. No word yet if the building will be saved or not, but based on the high real estate values in the neighborhood, I’m optimistic it probably will. I photographed it in better times (second photo) and also featured it in this post where I included a historic photograph from one hundred years ago (last three photos).
It brings back bad memories for me, and how despite all the notable improvements and rehabbing in Tower Grove East, the Arsenal Street corridor is still suffering from absentee landlords’ poor maintenance and heavy traffic and the negative effects they bring (it should be noted that the landlord of this building is a responsible owner). To the east, at Michigan Avenue and Arsenal, there is still a vacant lot, now filled with a slumlord’s garbage, where a storefront that once housed artists in the 1970s was allowed to deteriorate, as you can see in this post from 2011, then worsening in 2012, and then finally collapsing in 2013 in a storm.
Right now, the beautiful terracotta is being used to hold the sawhorses for the caution tape. I hope this building will be saved, but who knows.
And of course, nobody has learned from this incident, and the horrific, reckless driving continues at this intersection.
When will St. Louisans realize that the rapid decline in the traffic situation in this city and suburbs will negatively affect our competitiveness on the national stage? I’ve traveled to many other cities recently, and it’s not “like this everywhere.” We have a serious problem, and it’s many people’s fault.