The Importance of the Street Wall, Dutchtown

Update: I returned to this block in the fall of 2019 and photographed the west side of Nebraska Avenue, which appears in above photograph.

I’m concerned about the future of Dutchtown; it has been wracked with some of the worst violence in the city this last year, and it is also the most dense neighborhood in the city. I’ve often said, so goes Dutchtown, so goes the rest of the South Side.

The rowhouses create such a wonderful sense of being in a real neighborhood; the houses, often built in a row of identical or slightly different houses, create a rhythm that is pleasing to the eye.

Whether it’s one story shotguns with their crenelated tops, or two family flats with their facades of red brick, quality of construction always pervades.

I am always amazed at the houses I see every time I’m down south of Chippewa and north of Meramec. It seems there are countless streets to be discovered in the huge area.

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  2. Brian says:

    One thing that always strikes me when I'm in Dutchtown (and that is evident in many of your photos here) is that it could really use more street trees.

  3. Chris says:

    I agree Brian; I think it's sadly a result of disinvestment and the increasingly absentee landlord nature of the neighborhood. Trees can be expensive (or in the case of the tree lawn, have to be requested before the city puts them in), so they aren't replaced. I noticed that as well, recently when I was looking at http://www.historicaerials.com/. I bet alot of trees were killed by Dutch Elm Disease.

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