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Wells-Goodfellow #27, Clara Across from the Horseshoe

Perhaps what is most shocking about the streets across from the infamous, now obliterated Horseshoe is that most of the buildings are still standing, but they’re all abandoned, except for a couple.

I know what happened here for once; the violence was just so insane that people left, running for their lives.

What can we do, short of a major cash infusion that only the federal government possesses, to fix this?

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  1. You pose a very good question. What can we do? The crime makes one run, unwilling to stay and invest in a property where we, our children and pets are unable to walk the sidewalks or live in the neighborhood due to constant threats of crime. So we run to the areas where we see lower crime, tidy houses and caring neighbors. This is an ongoing social issue for cities across the country.

  2. If you love cities, you have to buy one, repair it, live in it, care for it and its environs, and be the change. And encourage others to do the same and make it as easy and welcoming as possible. North City could be amazing, but there will be no big urban investment in Trumpistan, so it’s up to individuals.

    • “there will be no big urban investment in Trumpistan, so it’s up to individuals.”

      Yeah 8 years of Obama really turned this neighborhood around. Give me a break.

      • Well, Obama isn’t in charge. We do know with near certainty that no money is coming from Washington, nor the state (most likely), in the next 3.8 years. So it comes back to: are you going to buy one of these buildings and be the change or not? Are you going to act as a civic booster to promote investment in these well-constructed places that have tons of potential? Because that is how this changes – with your dollars and your effort. The neighborhood layout is good. The buildings are good if they don’t sit for too long.

        • “are you going to buy one of these buildings and be the change or not? Are you going to act as a civic booster to promote investment in these well-constructed places that have tons of potential?”

          I agree 100%. We don’t need (or really want) government influence or participation in community development. Scariest phrase you can hear is “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

    • Dude. Democrats have controlled the city for over fifty years. The county for what two decades now? And the Presidency and Missouri governorship for the past eight. I’m no Trump supporter but he at least acknowledged there was a problem in cities, both sides have ignored these areas for, well, a very long time.

      (Chris feel free to delete this if you feel it is too political)

      • LOL, I don’t mind. I would say that while Republicans might not have been directly in control of St. Louis for many decades, they DO make decisions on the state and national level, where they (along with Democrats, of course) have made policy decisions that have hurt cities.

  3. There should be no help ftrom the govt except what theybare supposed to be doing. Paying people to invest is not a govt function.
    If it will benefit someone to invest in an area they will do it and not request money from WE the taxpayers.
    Give people a reason to invest, such as a business friendly environment so industry will return and watch what happens. As long as crime is rampant and govt also robs the residents no one will teturn.

    • “Give people a reason to invest, such as a business friendly environment so industry will return and watch what happens. As long as crime is rampant and govt also robs the residents no one will teturn (sic).”

      Bingo

      • Waiting for some magical tax policy antidote doesn’t make things happen. You have to buy a property, clean up the trash in the yard, paint the wood, fix the windows and plumbing, pull weeds out of the sidewalk ad fix the sidewalk if need be, keep it swept up and spotless, be the eyes on the street, and encourage others to do the same. Are you going to rehab and live in one of these buildings and be a neighborhood booster or not? Are you going to be the change?

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