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Magnolia Avenue, From Tower Grove East into Fox Park

It’s one of the laziest statements to make, but Magnolia Avenue traveling eastbound from Tower Grove East into Fox Park really is a study in contrasts. Take the Italianate rowhouses above: they are old; probably dating to the 1870s, and… Continue Reading

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Michigan and Minnesota Avenues, Tower Grove East

Weird things are happening in the streets “East of Compton,” which is short hand for referring to the part of the neighborhood that was built earlier than the houses that line the streets around Tower Grove Park (the latter which… Continue Reading

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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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Downtown Hermann, Revisited

I first photographed Hermann, which is the county seat of Gasconade County, all the way back in November of 2007. I was surprised and impressed at many of the positive changes. I visited Hermannhof Winery, which I learned was originally… 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