Sadly, there have been some more building collapses in the last month, one due to no one’s fault, and two due to ongoing neglect and lack of investment. Above, the front porch of one of the ill-fated row of houses… Continue Reading
I took this picture back when it was much warmer, along 14th Street just north of La Mancha Coffeehouse and Crown Candy Kitchen. I love these old rowhouses, which were rehabbed several years ago, and still look great.
Blair Avenue gives you a great cross section of the neighborhoods just to the west of Interstate 70, which cut these working class areas from their traditional employment areas along the Near North Riverfront. Old North St. Louis has seen… Continue Reading
The view above featured in one of the earliest t-shirt designs of my friends Jeff and Randy Vines’s over a decade ago. Sadly, as I noted to them recently, that view no longer exists, with the sad demolition of the… Continue Reading
A street with most of its houses preserved is always only one fire away from being devastated and having much of its momentum taken away if the community does not rally. I was saddened to hear about the fire in… Continue Reading
The houses of Old North are all so beautiful and there are still so many opportunities to pick up one to rehab close to the restaurants and stores along 14th Street.
Yes, there is a house in there, hidden by the giant volunteer trees. It’s owned by Paul McKee’s Northside TIF, and he was supposed to have divested himself of his Old North properties years ago (but never did). There’s also… Continue Reading
There are so many wonderful houses that are still possible rehab opportunities. As long the side walls are stable (and sometimes when they’re not) a building can still be saved.
I love this row of houses, still perfectly intact with their mouseholes and arched stone lintels. The Second Empire House on the end is interesting, built right up to the south wall of the older rowhouses.