The interstate cut most of the oldest part of the Old North St. Louis from the rest of the city, leaving thousands of homes and businesses cut off from their neighbors.
The plan in the 1960’s was to make the area east of the interstate into an industrial park, with no need to mix former uses together.
So while many industrial buildings remain, there are still a large number of bars and other taverns which have served workers for over one hundred years.
It’s getting harder to find, but some people still live in this largely isolated quarter of the city.? Read an earlier post I wrote about the area, and see the great write-up at Built St. Louis, which includes some photos shot by me over two years ago.
See more of the area to the north.