A Depressing Block

I’ve long said that this website is about breaking down prejudices and showing people that there are many great things about all parts of this city, but man, sometimes there is just nothing good to say about some isolated forgotten pockets of St. Louis. Let’s take the 4100 block of 21st Street, for example. There is nothing positive to say about how seventy years of disinvestment has left this street totally devastated.

One thing’s for sure: plants and trees will do perfectly fine even if humanity manages to destroy itself through war or environmental destruction.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Becky says:

    The building was
    a Texaco gas stations built by my Great Grandfather William Burmeister and built in the late 1920s. They were called service stations and he was the first full service gas station

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Thanks for sharing, Becky! How long did your family own the service station?

      1. Becky says:

        Sorry Chris I’m a few years behind my response. . I don’t have an exact date but it was mid to late 50’s he sold it. Facing the building to the right was where the gas pumps were. The house they lived in was behind the building… It was nice back in it’s day. . I’ve heard he kept the business immaculate and it was his pride and joy. Had a total of 3 locations but sold them and retired. The other 2 no longer exist empty lots. 1 on the north side and 1 in the South.
        Yes sad to see…. 🙁
        Keep up the good work on your photography!

        1. cnaffziger says:

          So interesting–thanks for sharing! And no worry about the delay–we’re still here.

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