Update: As of the summer of 2021, all of the abandoned buildings have been demolished.
I covered this block years ago, and reported on how reckless speculation left these buildings abandoned. It is just trashed around here, right by a major intersection like MLK Dr and Kingshighway.
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This style of apartment building is quite common across the city and the older parts of st Louis county. Is there a story behind these buildings and why it is so common?
This is a common apartment style in a lot of cities. They usually have a center hallway, 2 or 4 flats on each above ground floor, and some combination of flats, mechanicals, storage, and laundry facilities in the basement level.