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Collinsville Avenue - August 2003.

An empty clothing store, with a beautiful Mid-Century Modern facade in aqua, complete with a battered neon sign -- a close cousin of River Roads Mall in north St. Louis County. The signage was removed in 2005 and the vintage colors covered with black paint.

Link: Seidel's Apparel Company at Ecology of Abence.


Collinsville Avenue - August 2003.


Collinsville Avenue at St. Louis Avenue - November 2007.


November 2007.

A view of the surrounding streetscape, looking west down Collinsville Avenue.


Collinsville Avenue - August 2003.

A nearby burnout, long since demolished.


View north from 7th Street - August 2003.


Heading east out of downtown on Collinsville Avenue - November 2007.


November 2007.

A view looking north towards Collinsville Avenue. Downtown East St. Louis is an astonishingly isolated stretch of urban construction, surrounded by blocks of vacant lots -- a context that has completely vanished.

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