Stop in each Friday to see some of the pictures I’ve taken in my explorations around town.
Old North St. Louis:
A few weeks ago I signed up to take a Meetup.com tour of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. I’ve been hearing about the neighborhood known best for Crown Candy for years, but never before had taken the drive to visit.
I had heard that there were a few nice blocks where the neighborhood was being revitalized, surrounded by run down North City neighborhoods.
I was completely surprised by what I found.
The heart of Old North St. Louis looks brand new, while still capturing the spirit of a small town from 5 decades ago. I felt completely safe as I walked with the large tour, and later when 3 other women joined me after lunch and we walked over the St. Louis Place to see the homes once occupied by the wealthiest residents.
Old fashioned candies at Crown Candy
La Mancha Coffeehouse is a family owned community gathering place
North City Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market is open Saturday mornings in the middle of 14th Street, directly across the street from Crown Candy. They don’t have a large selection, but everything looked like it really came from a local farm rather than produce row which supplies the local grocery stores.
The Market clearly is a gathering spot for neighbors on Saturday mornings
Family cooling off at St. Louis Place Park
Old North restored homes
If you didn’t know where you were, you would think you were walking down a Lafayette Square street. The homes are of the same era and the ones that have been restored look just as beautiful.
Old North Revitalize signs were everywhere
A local building owner rebuilding his roof
Old North Jackson Park playground
Everywhere you looked, you noticed the juxtaposition of new construction and decay. Two local teens spent their Saturday morning swinging and talking, while just a few feet away stands a building that has been abandoned. I wonder if it makes them feel abandoned too.
You can see more pictures on my Flickr page.
See current homes for sale in Old North & nearby areas.