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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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Hamilton Heights, The West End, The Greater Ville and Wellston, Late Summer 2019

East of Kingshighway, in and near the western tail of the upside-down U-shaped Greater Ville neighborhood, there is a lot of abandonment, just a couple of blocks off of Martin Luther King Drive. Further west, in the Wellston Loop, there… 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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Uranium, Venice and Madison, Illinois

Update: Due to reader feedback, this post has been modified to reflect that the majority of the plant and a portion of the neighborhood are in fact in Venice. Portions of the plant and the neighborhood are in Madison. There’s… 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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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