There is no demand for autocentric strip malls in North St. Louis. If I am wrong, then why is this strip mall still sitting empty two years after being built? Oh alright, there is now finally one store that’s moved… Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I’d photographed the house on Pleasantview Road, and I usually approached it from the south, and I was very surprised to see that there had been some dramatic changes. The back wing had been boarded… Continue Reading
I’ve long said that this website is about breaking down prejudices and showing people that there are many great things about all parts of this city, but man, sometimes there is just nothing good to say about some isolated forgotten… Continue Reading
Back behind those bushes and trees, and up over a hill, are the graves of hundreds, perhaps thousands of former residents of the Robert Koch Hospital. It is now private property, and no trespassing is allowed, but I hope one… Continue Reading
I sometimes find it hard to believe there was once life on the riverfront. It’s just a giant empty expanse of concrete, partially buried train tracks and vacant lots awaiting “redevelopment” that’s probably never coming.
Update: I went back to the Western Lutheran Cemetery in December of 2018. I got back up to the Western Lutheran Cemetery, founded in 1865, and I made some new observations now that the grass is shorter. This is easily… Continue Reading
Update: See the nursing home in February of 2019. Why do I keep coming back to the old abandoned nursing home at Blair and Grand? Its sudden, rapid vandalism is still so shocking to me, and others. Its out of… Continue Reading
A reader graciously sent me some more images of Parks College, as well as one postcard of what the school looked like in better days. My original post about the college has elicited the most comments, up there with the… Continue Reading
The eastern half of the 1000 block of Gimblin is devastated. It’s hard to imagine this when it was still occupied. There’s also huge amounts of illegal dumping, and the streets are littered with trash.
Update: See the fire station in the southeast corner of the park here. Rugged Hyde Park, for which its neighborhoods is named, is one of the last places in the area that has at least some of the original topography… Continue Reading