The first in a series of videos about the economic, political, and cultural history and future of East St. Louis, Illinois.
Part II gives views of downtown today, shows how its history can be seen in the city, and explains why the city could still be a good place for new development.
Michael R. Allen is the Assistant Director at Landmarks Association of St. Louis. He edits the blog Ecology of Absence, "a voice for historic preservation and a chronicle of architectural change in St. Louis, Missouri and its region".
Alex Lotz is an undergraduate film student in his final year at Chapman University.