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Benton Park, Late July 2018

The houses above sit above a sinkhole, most likely, and they are now settling so badly that they have been abandoned. It is really a shame, as they were nice little houses. I just noticed this apartment building hiding behind… Continue Reading

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Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue, July 2008

Above, the old clinic is back open as a health sciences building, with various tenants that cater to the neighborhood. Below, it finally dawned on me that the building that now houses Foam clearly once had a third floor that… Continue Reading

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St. Louis Place, Early July 2018

There are still so many well-preserved buildings left in the St. Louis Place neighborhood, such as this corner store, with an intricate Mansard roof with two pinnacles. There are also more traditional Second Empire houses but with come more Romanesque… Continue Reading

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JeffVanderLou, Early July 2018

Eleven years now I’ve been photographing JeffVanderLou, particularly east of Grand Boulevard, and perhaps what is most striking is how little has changed, and if anything has changed, it is always for the worse. It still baffles me how long… Continue Reading

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The West End, Yet Again, Early July 2018

Every time I visit the West End neighborhood, I think of the stupidity of the federal government, who drew a red line just to the south of this beautiful community, thereby damning it to eventual oblivion. Despite the government’s best… Continue Reading

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Fountain Park, Early July 2018

Fountain Park is such a beautiful little neighborhood, directly north of the Central West End, but possessing the exact same housing stock of its more wealthy neighborhood to the south. There are well preserved buildings, and then there are complete… Continue Reading

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In Between Delmar and Page Avenue, Revisited

I returned to that area just north of the Central West End near Lewis Place, and checked in on some of the houses that I had photographed before. The apartment building below has continued to deteriorate, though the collapsed front… Continue Reading

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Hebert Street, JeffVanderLou, June 2018

Paul McKee’s crimes are hidden during the summer more, when the giant volunteer trees and underbrush grow lush and green, concealing houses that have collapsed years ago. You see, up this way, nothing ever gets cleaned up. Here is the… Continue Reading

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Returning to St. Louis Avenue Now For Over A Decade

The row of houses in between Parnell (really sort of the traffic artery Jefferson become up north) and N. Florissant Avenue is one of the most beautiful streets in St. Louis. I love showing it to visitors to blow people’s… Continue Reading