Moving west from Ohio Avenue on Arsenal Street, we see a HUD house that has been built on a vacant lot, probably back in the 1970s. I actually met the owner of the house at SerbFest, where he was working security.
Next are two stout four-family buildings, which are such a mainstay of the Benton Park West area.
This parking lot below, however, is not. I rarely if ever see any cars parked in it, and I respectfully submit that it is no longer needed, built at a time where someone relied on far too generous of a parking study. William Swekosky said it was demolished in 1960 by the Salvation Army–62 years of waste. It should be put back into service as tax-generating property.
And just look what used to be here: a center of the community where locals gathered and built a sense of comradery. Now it’s a deadzone.