Lafayette Avenue, McRee Town

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McRee Town.  For many people, the name no longer exists; they call it Botanical Heights nowadays.  I don’t, and probably never will.  McRee Town is an example of what happens to a neighborhood that is left to slumlords, cut off from other healthier neighborhoods by the interstate, and then left to rot.

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Take Lafayette Avenue; the south side no longer exists. It’s an interstate.  But the housing stock is beautiful, even if it’s been abused for fifty years.

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The interstate blocks McRee Town off from the more prosperous Shaw neighborhood; efforts are underway to get the underpasses open to traffic again.

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Many four family flats on the east side of the neighborhood have been demolished, but many, such as this boarded up building, still stand.

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