Photographer's Note

Chapter one of a voyage in America...

“Americans Abandon Their Cities” is the way the story starts. There is a great deal of talk about how the cities have been taken over by one ethnic group or another but the truth is the cities were evacuated and left vacant.

The people that left were greedy and when they departed they gave zero thought to the void they left behind, all they were interested in were their new homes in suburbia. These folks that abandoned the cities had the chance to influence and assist those moving in behind them to understand the ethics and values on which America had prospered to that point, but they didn’t. When they left they took with them the experience of operating a large population center and the feeling of community that built them.

For more that 6 decades and more parts of some cites were allowed to fall into ruin. Today new pioneers of America are not continuing their westward journey through St. Louis they here reclaiming the urban areas and turning them back into the family centers that create the roots which join and bond healthy communities.

about the photo: This is what is left of some once proud Row houses in the neighborhood known as Soulard. As you can see only a small portion survived the decline period. These are now the prized possessions of their owners, pieces of American History living on to write yet another chapter of that history about these new pioneers.

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Additional Photos by Greg Davis (Greg1949) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1443 W: 102 N: 2512] (9011)
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