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.
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.
The interstate blocks McRee Town off from the more prosperous Shaw neighborhood; efforts are underway to get the underpasses open to traffic again.
Many four family flats on the east side of the neighborhood have been demolished, but many, such as this boarded up building, still stand.