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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    The Arch area was finally cleared right before I was born (1940), but I recall asking my parents what was there “before.” Now, they both grew up in the City and all of their relatives had as well, so they were not (at the time) suburbanites. They told me that the Levee area East of the Courthouse had been nothing but lowlife bars and brothels and very few buildings housing legitimate businesses. The Archdiocese, of course, was all in favor of the clearance as attendance and visitors to the Od Cathedral had plummeted precipitously because of the neighborhood.

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