Union Boulevard Between Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Wabada, West Side

Passing by MLK Dr., we see increasing abandonment to the west in Wells-Goodfellow. The houses are also more modest. Judging from the brick patterns on above the doorway and the two upper windows of this four-family, I suspect this buildings front façade was once far more ornamented. Storefront churches often fill the old corner spaces….

North Western Motel, Ventilated

The North Western Inn will be out of business for awhile, considering the FBI and other law enforcement fired tear gas canisters through each window of the small, weekly rate motel. Contrary to what the owner said to a news reporter the day of the raid, city records show he did not recently sell it…

A Tour of the Sites Mentioned in the Federal Indictment

Legal disclaimer: all defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, as laid down in the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. That being said, federal prosecutors have a 99% conviction rate–yikes! Update: As of June 7, 2022, Lewis Reed, the last of the three members of the…

Gundlach School, April 2022

It seems like the most popular school post I’ve done is when I looked at Gundlach School in Wells-Goodfellow back in September of 2014 (I went back in March of 2017) so I thought I would check in on how the building was faring after over a decade of continual abandonment. As seen yesterday with…

Pierre Laclede School

Opened in 1914 according to designs by William Ittner, Pierre Laclede Elementary School is at least the second school to hold that name in the St. Louis Public School system. The first was deep in the city and was a typical design that can still be seen in designs such as the Blow and Des…

Enclaves of St. Louis: A Corner of Wells-Goodfellow

I’ve become intrigued recently with little enclaves of houses left behind when industry, highways or other constructions have cut off or isolated what was originally larger neighborhoods. The first one I’m looking at is an area of around a dozen houses reached by what is technically Hamilton Avenue south of Natural Bridge Avenue. It was…

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…

Greer Avenue Between Marcus and Euclid Avenues, South Side

I’ve been documenting some of the streets on either side of Kingshighway, which are known as the Kingsway West and East neighborhoods. For simplicity sake, and I know it would annoy many people, they’ve been lumped into the Wells-Goodfellow tag. But as I showed on two streets by DePaul Hospital here and here, there are…

Cote Brilliante Avenue, Early Summer 2021

I find the long block of Cote Brilliante Avenue between Marcus and Euclid avenues one of the enigmas: filled with beautiful houses but at the same time embodying the troubles afflicting so many North Side neighborhoods. The overgrowth has grown up due to the wet spring and the hot temperatures of the early summer. I…