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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #35, Garden Street

Why is Hyde Park so special to me? It’s because of these little streets, upgraded from “alley status,” that still survive around the neighborhood. Yes, these houses are all abandoned, falling down in many cases, but they represent a beauty… Continue Reading

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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #34, 20th Street South of Salisbury

South Hyde Park, which I define as south of Salisbury Street, has a slightly but not totally different feel than the northern half. The south side has less mansions, more workers’ cottages and some amazing alley houses. This is a… Continue Reading

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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #33, The West Side of the Park, Revisited

The houses on the west side of the park vary in condition, from about ready to collapse to meticulously maintained. These are some of the oldest houses in the neighborhood, but they have been rehabbed and will still be around… Continue Reading

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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #26, East of Most Holy Trinity

There are so many great buildings that line the streets east of Most Holy Trinity. There are signs of hope, but many abandoned houses. Some readers might be surprised, but most likely the building below never had a brick back… Continue Reading

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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #18, 4000th Block of 11th Street

People still care up here. This storefront church has revitalized a great building, like something you’d see on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Google Street View reveals that this building was languishing before the renovation. And then there is… Continue Reading

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Hyde Park in the Morning Light #8, North Park Place

North Park Place is one block long, with a wealth of interesting houses. Unlike some lazy tellings of St. Louis history say, there were wealthy enclaves all of the rapidly growing city, not just in Lafayette Square. And the wealthy… Continue Reading