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Like many St. Louis neighborhoods, Carondelet was sundered by the arrival of the Interstate highways in the 1960s. Many streets simply dead end at the I-55, which rides through the area on berms and overpass bridges.

Virginia Avenue is typical. A number of commercial buildings and storefronts cluster around its intersection with Fillmore Street, but both streets dead-end nearby.

Compton Avenue likewise appears to have been a small local commercial district, but turn the corner, and you're facing the highway.

This block of Michigan Avenue was residential. The repeated brick cottage design hints that there may have been similar houses in the path of the freeway. Early Sanborn maps show dozens of houses where Interstate 55 now stands.

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