Old North St. Louis has always been a working-class neighborhood. Its housing stock is entirely red brick, flat fronted, and often flat-roofed. Variants include mandard roofs with dormers and side-gabled roofs. Cast iron porches were once common in the area but have all but disappeared today.
The southern portion of this district has been hit particularly hard by abandonment and demolition. A wall of industrial sites hems the neighborhood in to the south, cutting off what would be a potentially valuable link with downtown. Despite all this, the area seems to be undergoing a long, slow rebirth that began some twenty years ago and continues today. Renovations have become common; socially, it seems to be one of a precious few neighborhoods in the city that are racially integrated. It is home to a small but vibrant community of residents who are fiercely dedicated to the revival of the city.