Photographer Captures Scenes of St. Louis' Decay, Rebirth Six Years Apart
That's especially true for the historic and traditional brick buildings that cover St. Louis, where just six years can mean the difference between rehabilitation and total ruin.
Photographer Eric Fogleman, a St. Louis native, returned home ten years ago and noticed how quickly real estate changes in the city. He started recreating old shots of neighborhood buildings six years apart, juxtaposing dilapidated buildings with their futures as empty lots, reworked buildings or, sometimes, just the same brick structure six years older.
Utah & Wisconsin, six years later.
As a student at St. Louis Community College's building inspection program, Fogleman says he can spot a building that's too worn down to survive much longer.
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Chippewa & Oregon.
"I can look at the thing and say, 'This sucker's going to fall,'" Fogleman tells Daily RFT. "I can smell it. St. Louis is pretty ripe."