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4500 and 4600 Blocks of Lexington Avenue, The Greater Ville

A mixture of houses line the 4500 and 4600 blocks of Lexington, which like Ashland, is an especially long stretch just east of the Western Lutheran Cemetery. Old Italianate bungalows are still around, but most houses are from the early… Continue Reading

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4500 Block of Ashland Avenue, The Greater Ville

Heading further west, the terrain continues down into a valley, and the houses change, as well. First up is a house that I would expect to see in Benton Park or Hyde Park, and was certainly out in the middle… Continue Reading

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Vine Grove Avenue #2, The Greater Ville

Continuing on, we see more mid-Twentieth Century in-fill, like one would expect to see in St. Louis Hills in Southwest City. I think what I find so fascinating about these streets is the wide variety of housing stock from the… Continue Reading

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Vine Grove Avenue #1, The Greater Ville

“Vine Grove Avenue? Wow, that’s a street I’ve never heard of before,” I said, as we walked up Labadie Avenue. For whatever reason, surveyors left an awkward amount of land in between Labadie and Ashland Avenues, making it too wide… Continue Reading

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The Greater Ville in Extensus

I will be looking at the Greater Ville neighborhood for the next couple of weeks. I’ve looked at the Ville before, and for the purposes of this website, both official city neighborhoods are included under the one tag for simplicity’s… Continue Reading

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Calle Cherokee Mural

A really cool mural has appeared on the side of El Torito Grocery at the corner of Cherokee Street and California Avenue, which has recently received a historic marker sign for Calle Cherokee, recognizing the important cultural and economic contribution… Continue Reading

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East St. Louis by the Old Stockyards

Just over a year ago, I checked in on the areas of East St. Louis just to the east of the old National Stockyards and the old meatpacking plants that used to employ thousands of workers. Crossing over the railroad… Continue Reading