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Missouri Avenue Between Ann and Shenandoah Avenues, McKinley Heights

I went and photographed the 2200 block of Missouri Avenue, walking north looking at the west side of the street until I reached Ann Avenue, and then turning around and photographing the east side. As the Sanborn Map from August… Continue Reading

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Frenchtown, St. Charles

North Second Street in St. Charles goes through an interesting neighborhood named Frenchtown, not to be confused with the area of the same name in St. Louis just south of downtown. This area was developed after the original French settlement,… Continue Reading

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Pestalozzi Street, Benton Park, Late May 2020

Well, then. There was a cottonwood tree that was snowing on Benton Park on the day I was photographing the neighborhood, so you’ll see little white dots in a lot of the photographs in the next week. Pestalozzi Street is… Continue Reading

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JeffVanderLou, Early May, 2020

The local news is reporting that the City has gotten a grant to tear down more abandoned buildings in the St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou neighborhoods. If Las Vegas were open right now and taking wagers on St. Louis blight,… Continue Reading

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Gravois Avenue Between Compton and Minnesota Avenues

Richard W. Lemen, Northeast Corner of Compton and Gravois, c. 1930, Lemen Streets and Sewers Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public LibraryIn my dreams I have this fantasy where I win the lottery, and among other things, I… Continue Reading