We started off by driving around North St. Louis, in the area of Baden. This used to be an old German section of St. Louis. However, due to white flight, the homes are now sporadically occupied or abandoned. Please scroll down to view all the pictures and at the bottom click the arrow to go to the next page.
Some of the homes are taken care of and the owners have pride in them as evidenced by the home in the middle. However, the home on the left is boarded up.
We saw many homes like this.
Due to the economy and other issues, there are many homeless people who dwell in St. Louis.
Quite a few of the homeless people I spoke with are veterans and fought for our country.
This home is in an abandoned warehouse.
She mentioned that they may be able to move into an apartment soon . . . but she isn't sure.
Did you know that when they built the arch, the government seized 20 acres of land from people by using eminent domain? The government did not help those people find new homes. They did not have transportation so could not get to their jobs. They had no place to live . . .
Crunden Martin Manufacturing Building #7, built in the 1920's.
She was so proud to show me how she had organized their storage closet for their resources.
I am not sure how many people sleep in this abandoned warehouse. It actually felt warm in here because of the fire.
When they redid the railroads and put the new highway systems in St. Louis, they destroyed neighborhoods. The people could no longer walk to their jobs or churches . . .
This is part of tent city. A mile from the river.
They chop up wood for their fires which is their only way to stay warm.
Their pets are well cared for.
They love the United States.