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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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State Street and Environs, Granite City, August 2019

A lot has been happening on State Street since the last time I posted any photographs of the downtown area of Granite City. Galen Gandolfi, who had opened the first art gallery on Cherokee Street, Fort Gondo, bought a series… Continue Reading

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Northeast Peoria, August 2019

Perhaps I was being too optimistic when I first documented Peoria northeast of downtown back in 2013. I have been back, and while there is a wonderful group of houses that have been carefully restored back to their original grandeur,… Continue Reading

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West Main Street and Nearby, Peoria

West Main Street shoots up the bluffs from downtown Peoria towards Bradley University, and there is a line of college-related businesses and other amenities. It is sort of a strange mix of buildings, such as the one below, which clearly… Continue Reading

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West High Street, Peoria, Revisited

More precisely, this should be West High Street revisited, and in the first several pictures, an introduction to Moss Avenue, which continues further west along the bluff line above downtown Peoria. The houses along Moss Avenue are from the Twentieth… Continue Reading

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The Greater Ville, Revisited, Summer 2019

I went back to the Greater Ville in July to see how the neighborhood was faring since I had walked its streets back in the winter of this year. I knew that violence had flared up, and that the area… Continue Reading