This house once had neighbors. Then Interstate 44 came through, and annihilated this neighborhood. It’s taken decades, and a lot of hard work, to put it all back together. I’ll openly confess to using 44 all the time, but having… Continue Reading
These little storefronts were once surrounded by a neighborhood, but now they sit on a narrow strip of land south of the interstate. Is there little wonder that there is no use for them now?
The rebuilding of the inadequate, dangerous ramp that hugged the street grid south of the Poplar Street Bridge and gave northbound I-55 access to the eastbound lanes has begun. The piece of concrete above has changed since the last time… Continue Reading
There used to be beautiful houses on the south side of Lafayette Avenue. Now it is all gone, replaced by speeding cars.
I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Sitting on the edge of the city line, Grandview Place is a short street, now truncated by the interstate, that once was probably a quiet streetcar suburban destination. To the east, the residents could probably see the black cloud of… Continue Reading
The permanent damage wrought on the City of St. Louis can no better be shown than standing on the Clayton Avenue overpass, where the roar of the interstate is deafening. Dead Man’s Curve, as I call it, is a perfect… Continue Reading
I spotted this sad little street, with no vacant houses, from the interstate one day in Dutchtown. Squished up against a dilapidated chain link fence, probably dating the from the 1950s, this section of Dakota and Oregon Avenue shows how… Continue Reading