I recently was passing through the area of the worst demolition and desolation in St. Louis, where I had been almost four years before. Nothing has changed.
To many St. Louis urbanists’ horror, The Atlantic Cities discovered this area of urban prairie and publicized it nationally.
In reality, it was a botched redevelopment back in the Schoemehl administration that caused this area to be so heavily decimated. Not that it makes it any better than slow, arduous decay.