Clearance McRee Town South St. Louis

The Destruction of McRee Town: May 2005

by Michael R. Allen

By May, only a handful of buildings remained in the clearance area. These were the buildings whose owners had held out to appeal the prices set through condemnation hearings or buildings whose tenants insisted on remaining until their leases were up. On the 4000 block of Lafayette, 4035 and 4037 remained occupied throughout May while 4055 and 4057 had recently emptied and were under demolition. 4037 Lafayette looked like it had been renovated in the recent past; its demolition seemed totally pointless. As of January 2006, the four-flat building at 4035 still stands.

4035 & 4037 Lafayette Avenue

4055 & 4057 Lafayette Avenue