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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

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Main Street, Between 2nd and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

Starting in the south at 2nd Street, at the Hotel Julien Dubuque, named after the founder of the City of Dubuque, we head north through the southern part of downtown on Main Street. To the east, much of the old… Continue Reading

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Main Street Between 11th Street and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

I cut over from Locust Street towards Main Street; like many cities in America, living close to the central business district was once prestigious, before the noise and smoke of the automobile made it less desirable. The incredibly beautiful Second… Continue Reading

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Central Avenue Between 13th and 15th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

There’s a sort of “second downtown” in Dubuque, up north away from the other downtown south of 10th Street. This northern downtown doesn’t have as much rehabbing (but it does have some, such as the beautiful row above), but it… Continue Reading

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Central Avenue Between 5th and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

The downtown area of Dubuque is large, reflecting its historically large economy and importance in the lumber and woodworking business. Central Avenue is one of several north-south arteries that run between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, making the downtown… Continue Reading

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Lafayette Avenue Between Mississippi Avenue and Nicholson Place

The block of Lafayette Avenue across from the park between Mississippi Avenue (formerly Park Place) and Nicholson Place is short, but it is packed with history. Sadly, Number 2 on Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, the house of John… Continue Reading