People are quick to lay into East St. Louis and to demonize it (and stigmatize its people) for its notorious urban blight, crumbling industrial wrecks, and for its high crime rate – and generally to write it off as a no-hope case. However, there is far more here than meets the eye. True, examples of abandoned factories abound:
And there are many broken down abandoned homes – this one is the classic “shotgun” style house:
And, Miles Davis is just one of the numerous high achievers to have grown up in this city. Here is his house, on the street now named in his honor.
And that’s not to mention the strong community spirit here, and the countless men and women volunteers and non-profit organizations working to make their city a little bit better every day.