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JeffVanderLou, Early May, 2020

The local news is reporting that the City has gotten a grant to tear down more abandoned buildings in the St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou neighborhoods. If Las Vegas were open right now and taking wagers on St. Louis blight,… Continue Reading

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Gravois Avenue Between Compton and Minnesota Avenues

Richard W. Lemen, Northeast Corner of Compton and Gravois, c. 1930, Lemen Streets and Sewers Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public LibraryIn my dreams I have this fantasy where I win the lottery, and among other things, I… Continue Reading

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Main Street Between 11th Street and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

I cut over from Locust Street towards Main Street; like many cities in America, living close to the central business district was once prestigious, before the noise and smoke of the automobile made it less desirable. The incredibly beautiful Second… Continue Reading

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Locust Street Between Loras Boulevard and 12th Street, Dubuque, Iowa

Heading south on Locust Street from Loras Boulevard (14th Street), we encounter older houses, and more middle class houses, but no less elegant. There are row houses, and also freestanding Italianate houses, such as the one above. As you can… Continue Reading