Wells-Goodfellow, Autumn 2021, Part Two

Just beyond that well kept block of Hebert we are confronted with the abandonment of Clara across from the Horseshoe, which has not gotten any better than when I walked down these streets back in March of 2017. The Horseshoe is gone, of course, and is serving as parking for this church as well as…

Wells-Goodfellow, Autumn 2021, Part One

I got up bright and early on Saturday and thought I would check in on Wells-Goodfellow, a neighborhood that has long suffered from disinvestment, crime and the effects of decades of redlining. I always struggle with how to portray a community such as this: there are many parts of the neighborhood which look great, but…

Reckless Stupidity, Compton Avenue and Arsenal Street, Tower Grove East

Update: Repairs began a couple of weeks after the collision. Well, it finally happened. An insane, totally irresponsible jerk was hurtling through my neighborhood of Tower Grove East and crashed into another car, and then came to rest at the base of the beautiful corner store at the northwest corner of South Compton Avenue and…

Fireworks Stupidity and Perceptions, Old North

Update: Sadly, the house was not salvageable and has been demolished. The City of St. Louis Fire Department has an excellent and very well-updated Twitter account that I monitor on a regular basis to keep abreast of current events. On the night of the Fourth of July, the Fire Department always keeps a rigorous live…

Kerens Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery, Revisited

I always enjoy it when readers bring my attention back to a building I’ve only cursorily looked at in the past, or that I’ve never heard about before. The Kerens Mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery is a great example; I took one photo of it back in August of 2013 but I realized, after reading a…

Fires and the Northside TIF, Old North St. Louis

The Northside TIF and Paul McKee’s damage to North St. Louis is not some abstract academic discussion about what role government should play in financing and aiding private developers. It impacts real people, when houses that are left to rot for over a decade are set on fire by an arsonist, and the flames and…

Thirteenth Anniversary of Saint Louis Patina

2507-9 Hebert Street are both owned by Paul McKee’s Northside Regeneration. The thirteenth anniversary technically happened yesterday, on the Sixteenth, but I wanted to finish up my series on Dubuque first. What’s one day nowadays, anyway, when days run into the next and weekends are meaningless? I was struggling to think of something to write…

Kinloch, Early February 2020

I realized I had not been up to Kinloch in a decade, and I decided to revisit, having heard that a new documentary is coming out soon chronicling the history of the famous town. Things sure have changed. The whole west half of the historic African American town has been turned into two huge distribution…

Coming Soon: Nothing! Corner of Jefferson and Hebert Edition

Update: As of late January, demolition is complete and the bricks stacked (third photo). I made a startling discovery at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Hebert Street in mid December of 2019, where I have been coming and documenting for over a decade. As part of the City’s effort to demolish vacant buildings, this…