NGVideo: East St. Louis (Part II)

The second part in the series on East St. Louis 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.

Part I discusses the origins and development of East St. Louis as an industrial city.

Part III will explore ideas put forward for (re)development of the city, including cultural tourism based on the city's African American heritage and use of vacant land for farming to create a local food source for the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.


Thank you for the footage of a once thriving area.

A micro view of a potentially macro issue around the country I suppose Detroit can relate.

If real estate developers (eg Roberts Brothers) can attempt to rehabilitate north St. Louis perhaps East St. Louis has a chance.

Probably a few years until an East St. Louis transformation becomes viable with the economy where it is these days.

Interesting video.