Northeast Side of East St. Louis

Update: I returned to the area in November of 2019.

There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above.

This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees.

Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed. It has been vandalized, its windows knocked out. I imagine the interior has been destroyed. Not really a good use of money.

But nearby, the acres of vacant lots and trees show that there are few people, let alone children, living around here anymore.

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