Demond Meek's iPhone Shots of Crumbling STL Get International Attention

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Another absorbing entry in the "ruin porn" genre: Professional lens-wielder Demond Meek recently went around his native St. Louis to document architectural decline. He used only his iPhone and uploaded to Instagram. On Friday, the Mail Online -- the most visited website on the entire planet -- ran a feature on his photo gallery, which he calls "SlumBeautiful."

You may think local preservationists would welcome the attention. But Michael Allen of the Preservation Research Office calls the Daily Mail piece "naive" in its blanket-labeling of all the structures as "abandoned."


One of the supposedly empty houses, Allen pointed out yesterday on his blog, is actually owned by two of his friends who are trying to rehab it. These friends are not alone, he wrote:
Their stories would add some complexity to the supposed ruins, and some sense of moral urgency. Perhaps readers in London can afford to sublimate the gaze upon vacant St. Louis buildings, but St. Louisans cannot -- and, largely, do not. The real story, underreported even locally, is that people do care about these buildings.
Another part of the story, we suggest, is that for a long time, the City hesitated to let people care about these buildings, but now appears that it's warming to small rehabbers who want to rejuvenate the city piecemeal (as opposed to huge, top-down planning such as that envisioned by developer Paul McKee).

Regardless, anybody who cares about the future of St. Louis should look at these photos to be reminded of what once was, and what could be. See the whole gallery here.
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Toady
Toady

How about how the Northside residents "faces" come alive when they hear the postman drop the welfare check in the mailbox?

TTTStLou
TTTStLou

Beyond the discussion of why slums happen... I love these photos and the way for almost all of them, the building "faces" come alive.  Anyone familiar with the northside knows he excluded the many much worse homes - the ones that are now just a burnt out shell or a pile of rubble.

James_Rebecca_Lynn
James_Rebecca_Lynn

Maybe if you weren't humping the bruthas and didn't look like a whore all tatooed up like a street walker you could find a decent job.

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

All anyone has to do to prove my point is to drive through any inner city or formerly White neighborhood and I am instantly vindicated.

The Right at Night
The Right at Night

What's in it for me?  Absolutely nothing, except laughing at you, son.  And BTW--you talked and talked, but you never answered my question.  Too chicken to do so, I suppose.   Evidence and data to back up your claims please.  You can do it--I've got faith in you.  *lol*

Shabadoo
Shabadoo

 actually race has nothing to do with it.  people with money who flee to the county from the city contribute to the city's decline no matter what color they are.  middle class blacks who moved to north county and middle class whites who moved to south county are equally to blame for eroding the city tax base.

YabbaDabbaDoo
YabbaDabbaDoo

 Race has EVERYTHING to do with it. Even the blacks are fleeing from the niggers. Except every black that escapes to a White neighborhood becomes the "Welcome Mat" for White wealth redistribution in that neighborhood until that neighborhood is ghetto'd.

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

 Look lib: No one stopping you from donating your time in the hood. Go on in and tell them you're there to help and then the bruthaz will stick a butcher knife in your liver or more likely unload 6 rounds of 9mm ammo in to your skull. You know but that's not what you're about lib. You're all about dripping wet with White guilt about some imagined shit your race did. Then you go around trying to guilt everyone else expecting them to take action based on your missives while you catch some African handball on the Talmudvision. Whenever there's work to be done in the hood, after a natural disaster..... all the faces helping out are White. Nary a black to be found except maybe at the food wagon chowing down while the Y T's gittin da wirk dun n sheeit. Save your speeeches for the mirror lib. No one wants to hear that shit anymore. It's all bullshit. Oh BTW you're right "What have I ever done for blacks?" - I haven't and won't do jackshit for those lazy bums. They can take a long walk on a short pier.

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

 You're one of those that continuously throws your own race under the bus. What's it in for you?

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

 You can be part of the solution = White or You can be part of the problem = black

Shabadoo
Shabadoo

you can be part of the solution or be part of the problem.  you can live in the city or you can live the county

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

 That's right just keep right on making excuses for a race that never created a written language, never produced a Beethoven or a Bach, never had the wheel, never invented a single thing (and let's not count the regifted White inventions credited to them), never has had a nation that's achieved self rule, on average has a 78 IQ, is oriented towards self gratification rather than long term rewards, that still can not stand on its own two feet despite a century of redistributed wealth from Whites, the few exceptions do not change the average statistics for this race. By all standards its a failed race that would have gone extinct had it not been for liberals and their marxist redistribution of wealth schemes.

Chris
Chris

 Don't forget a healthy dose of white racism.

No_Mo_White_Guilt
No_Mo_White_Guilt

Take American Cities built by hardworking White Europeans, add blacks with a strong sense of "Gimme Dat" and add to that "white guilt" liberals redistributing White wealth and the result is Urban Decay, rot, crime, drugs, fornication, teen pregnancy, out of wedlock births, dismal academic achievement......

Vanessa Summers
Vanessa Summers

Wow.  You sound like a real jerk.  It's not just African-Americans that have the sense of "Gimme Dat" (as you so eloquently put)...  It's MANY different people.  Way to be a racist prick. Sincerely, A white, fornicating, out of wedlock single mother who is currently eating thanks to YOUR tax dollars, because my job doesn't pay enough to cover my bills, insurance, AND groceries.  ;)

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