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Demolition, Lansdowne Towers

They’ve begun to tear down the Brenton Tower, one of four public housing apartment buildings part of the Lansdowne Towers, located in the northeastern portion of East St. Louis. I’d been by here before, almost exactly two years ago, and… Continue Reading

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Michigan and Minnesota Avenues, Tower Grove East

Weird things are happening in the streets “East of Compton,” which is short hand for referring to the part of the neighborhood that was built earlier than the houses that line the streets around Tower Grove Park (the latter which… Continue Reading

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JeffVanderLou, September 2019

If anyone asks me the neighborhood that has been hit the hardest by racism, predatory banking policies, redlining and failed government actions, it would easily be JeffVanderLou (though in time at the current rate, other neighborhoods in St. Louis and… Continue Reading

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Old North, Hyde Park, College Hill, Late Summer

Following up on my “North up Blair” post, I took a different route to see how other buildings were faring in the late summer in the neighborhoods hugging Interstate 70. First up was Old North, where I confirmed from old… Continue Reading

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Minerva Avenue, Hamilton Heights, Revisited

I find myself drawn back to the block of identical duplexes on Minerva Avenue in Hamilton Heights between Hamilton and Goodfellow avenues. Sadly, I think they are almost all abandoned now, if they weren’t already back in 2015 when I… Continue Reading

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North Broadway, Near and Far North Riverfront, Summer 2019

North Broadway never ceases to fascinate me. As usual, I refer to it as a street, and also an area. For example, the above and following two photos are on or around Holly Avenue. The image of east of Broadway,… Continue Reading