The Ville, July 2022

I took a short look at The Ville on a bright and sweltering Saturday recently. Despite the frequent reports of doom and gloom, much of the neighborhood has a lot going for it. There are many streets that are lined with some nice in-fill, and I hope can be built in the future. I definitely…

South Broadway Houses, Revisited

I realized it had been a while since I had photographed these very old houses facing South Broadway just south of the Lemp Brewery. The house on the left above has been reoccupied, thankfully. While the old tavern in the middle still seems to be in operation. Sadly, thee building on the northern end suffered…

The South Side, Peoria

My trip up to Central Illinois in mid June took me to all sorts of random surprises, including several new churches and other sights, and that is why I enjoy doing what I do. It is often totally random. But sometimes my totally random path takes me through neighborhoods that tell stories that I don’t…

Around Blair Avenue, Hyde Park

If you wondered what that giant forty foot deep hole looked like before it was almost completely filled in, this is what it looked like a couple of weeks ago. MSD was working to get the sewer line fixed. Interestingly, it broke in the same place one hundred years ago. I suspect, looking at old…

Illinois Avenue Between Osage and Chippewa Avenues, West Side

I had initially ignored Illinois Avenue in Marine Villa due to the presence of its little bungalows, clearly built in the mid Twentieth Century. But I finally took a look, realizing that there must be an interesting story, and simultaneously acquired an appreciation for the little guys. Starting at Osage Street on the south and…

Rehabbing and Rising Property Values, Benton Park

It’s interesting to see how property values have risen to such a level in some neighborhoods such as Benton Park and many parts of South St. Louis that even once extremely dilapidated houses are now highly valuable. I checked back in one some houses in that neighborhood and saw some dramatic changes. The old wood…

Far Southern Carondelet, Revisited May 2022

I last looked at the area I called far south Carondelet back in July of 2018, and I’m continually drawn back to the narrow streets and Civil War era housing. These buildings are on or around Davis Street, as well as Reilly Street. They are threatened however, by the encroaching of industry, which needs huge…