A Vacant City: St. Louis Struggles With Increase in Abandoned Buildings

September 18, 2018 AT 9:50 AM

By Jacob Barker, Celeste Bott and Janelle O’Dea 

When Shadiah Thomas steps out the front door of her duplex in the 3900 block of Labadie Avenue, she sees crumbling homes all around her.

To her right are five vacant buildings, including one frequented by drug users and two gutted by fire. To her left, next to an empty lot, is a two-family brick building that’s been empty for at least three years. Across the street, facing her, are more vacants.

“It’s depressing here,” she says.

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