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Updates on the Inner North Side

Two buildings on St. Louis Avenue in JeffVanderLou apparently had become something of celebrities due to some graffiti someone had painted on them years ago. I came by while they were in the process of being demolished; the one on… Continue Reading

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Utah Street Between Nebraska and California Avenues, North Side, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

I’ve actually photographed this stretch below back in May of 2017, but I thought it would be worthwhile to look at these stately buildings again. As I’ve mentioned before, What I think these buildings below can teach us is that… Continue Reading

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Oregon Avenue Between Juniata and Wyoming Streets, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

Heading south of Juniata on Oregon towards Wyoming looking at the east side of the street, we see more of the houses that make Benton Park West such a distinctive neighborhood. We see more of the standard red brick houses,… Continue Reading

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Oregon Avenue Between Arsenal and Juniata Streets, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

Heading south on Oregon Avenue towards Juniata Street, we go through what was once the St. Louis Commons, an area of Karst Topography that was pockmarked with sinkholes, quarries and other rugged uneven land. As we can see from the… Continue Reading

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Arsenal Street Between Oregon and Nebraska Avenues, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

Arsenal Street in between Oregon and Nebraska avenues is an interesting mix of houses and businesses, some of which have a long history in South St. Louis. First up is an old florist’s shop, which once had coolers in the… Continue Reading

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Pestalozzi Street Between Iowa and California Avenues, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

On Pestalozzi, we see the other side of that Civil War era building we saw on Iowa, and then we proceed down Pestalozzi, which is an interesting mix of housing forms, as the dominant streets in the neighborhood are the… Continue Reading

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Texas Avenue Between Arsenal and Pestalozzi Streets, Benton Park West, Revisited Fall 2020

I realized that my previous visit to the two blocks of Texas Avenue between Arsenal and Pestalozzi in September of 2019 (Crittenden cuts through there, but it’s practically just a glorified alley in Benton Park West) did not do this… Continue Reading