Downtown Alley

I noticed this a long time ago, but if you look closely, you can see the original alley blocks–made of wood.

The University That Ate Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom in Washington, DC used to be a blue collar neighborhood just to the west of the White House, complete with lumber yards and gas storage tanks. Modest rowhouses lined the streets, and it was a relatively inexpensive tract of land, until George Washington University moved in. Ironically, the university moved because the expensive…

Old Alley House

Update: This building collapsed due to neglect in December of 2018. It was demolished by April of 2019. Driving up Jefferson Avenue Saturday, I spied this forlorn relic of the high density living that once existed in North St. Louis. This alley house, which would have been built in the alley of a pre-existing house…

Downtown Alley Bridge

Update: See another reuse of an industrial bridge in Dubuque, Iowa. Apparently there are apartments on each floor of this old bridge. My, those must be cool apartments.

Compton Avenue, Tower Grove East

Update: The house on the left above was rehabbed by 2017; the one in the middle was rehabbed by 2019. The small one-story house below was horribly by 2018 modified by the same company that has been adding additional vinyl-clad floors onto gutted shells throughout Tower Grove East. Update: The house on the left was…

Blairmont on Knapp Street

Update: Despite promising to do so years ago, Paul McKee has not relinquished ownership of properties in the Old North neighborhood as of April 2016. Update: The two houses below owned by Paul McKee were gutted by fire set by an arsonist on April 2, 2020. Knapp Street in Old North St. Louis is a…

Cherokee Street

Cherokee Street in the Benton Park neighborhood is one of my favorite streets in St. Louis. Cherokee continues on to the west into the Benton Park West neighborhood, where I’ve heard there are great Mexican restaurants, but today I will focus on the more renovated Antiques Row area. Above†is one of the best antique stores…