My Neighborhood, Maplewood, Mo.

by Brian Cofer July. 28, 2008 2786 views

I just recently sold my house, thank goodness, and moved across town. Technically, I live in St. Louis city, but the folks across the street reside in Maplewod, an inner-ring suburb that's celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For years Maplewood was middle and working class, and had gotten a bit scruffy around the edges until about five years ago. Since then, it's quickly gentrifying and developing a strip of cool new restaurants, bars and shops along Manchester Avenue the main drag.

Here's my place. I'm renting the downstairs.

Here are the houses on the block, identical twins from the days in which a developer would buy a couple of lots and build houses on spec. That's why these old neighborhoods have such a mish-mash of styles.

My block is an interesting mix of single and multi-family houses.

Now I've turned the corner onto Manchester. Down on my end, it's still a crappy stretch of used car lots and body shops. In the midst of that is this neat old Pentecostal church.

Artwork in the window of a martial arts studio.

Salvadoran grocery store.

Now things are starting to get hip.

Anyone need an old typewriter or adding machine? How about a fax?

Who needs Home Depot when you have this place?

From the files of the politically incorrect.

You can see it's not too terribly gentrified yet.

Things are starting to spread onto Sutton, a side street, where we now turn.

I've run out of my daily allowance of photos, so I'll stop here for today.

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