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Monday, November 16, 2009

Depletion, West Sullivan Avenue

The north face of the 2500 block of West Sullivan Avenue in St. Louis Place, May 2008.

The same view, October 2009.

Out of this row of eleven small shaped-parapet brick houses, six have been destroyed by brick thieves in the last two years. Seven are owned by McEagle affiliates. These houses are within the footprint of one of the "employment centers" in the NorthSide project. The row would have been eligible for listing as a small historic district. Perhaps the ultimate fate under the redevelopment plan would have been demolition, but the availaibility of histoic tax credits here might have spared the row and its remaining residents' quality of life.


john w. said...

some diamonds to trade for dirt.

Robert Powers said...

This is absolutely criminal. I have been afraid for this charming block for a couple of years now, and it breaks my heart to see it being illegally destroyed like this.

Anonymous said...

Brick thieves? This is an entirely new concept to me. What happens, demolition crews show up and nobody recognizes they're not legitimate until it is too late? I'm having trouble imagining this is a very quick process--your article implies this is an ongoing process. Why cannot the city nab them in the process and get it stopped?

Anonymous said...

So I did what I should have done before I commented and googled "brick thieves" This is indeed very sad.