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Jefferson Avenue South of Russell Boulevard

There is so much potential along Jefferson, with so many buildings preserved to create a walkable environment. Too bad the cars are flying by at 50 mph. Rich people originally sought out major streets for their houses, such as this… Continue Reading

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Northeast Side of East St. Louis

There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above. This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees. Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed.… Continue Reading

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Around St. Engelbert’s, Penrose

The neighborhood around St. Engelbert’s is mostly from the early Twentieth Century, but some older houses are scattered throughout. These businesses above probably served parishioners coming out of Mass, or school children at the nearby school. But then there are… Continue Reading

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19th Street South of Newhouse Avenue, Revisited

I return to this forlorn row of beautiful Second Empire tenements south of the old Friedens Evangelisch Lutheran Church. Nothing is happening to these houses, other than that they are deteriorating more. They are all abandoned, as far as I… Continue Reading

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Fairgrounds Neighborhood, Revisited

The Fairgrounds neighborhood is isolated by closed streets and Fairgrounds Park on the south, but it is an interesting, eclectic neighborhood, architecturally. It shows evidence of having been built up over a very long time, and some houses can already… Continue Reading

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Marcus Avenue and Environs, The Western Greater Ville

The Greater Ville is the horseshoe-shaped neighborhood that wraps around the Ville. I don’t have a separate tag for the Greater Ville, but originally it was the white area, and the Ville “proper” was African American. But the old shotguns… Continue Reading