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South on Compton Avenue #3: Gravois Park from Cherokee to Chippewa Street

Houses range from right after the Civil War, as can be seen above, to buildings built in the early Twentieth Century.

These houses below sit far back from the street, alluding to their age. As neighborhoods developed over the decades, the street wall started to form closer to the sidewalk.

But abandonment and deterioration is starting to creep into Gravois Park.

There was a time where many police officers actually lived in the neighborhood, I was told. Now it is wracked with crime, and people have begun to move away.

The future is not clear–will nearby Cherokee Street revive these neighborhoods, or will people continue to come visit and then leave after dinner?

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