A surge of images along the banks of the Big Muddy.

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Photo Flood 36: Clifton Heights


photograph by Susan Price

A charming and quiet residential community just south of the former bustle of industrial Ellendale and just west of The Hill, Clifton Heights possesses a rare insularity for a city neighborhood (partially due to its past as a private subdivision). Today, many of the older Victorian homes surrounding Clifton Heights Park provide a beautiful contrast to the serene park, and demonstrate the ambitions of early residents.


photograph by Jackie Johnson

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Photo Flood 35: Midtown


photograph by Anne Warfield

Site of the only Civil War “battle” in St. Louis, Midtown has a storied presence in the city. Today, much of this section of Midtown is owned by Saint Louis University, which has been a controversial agent of change for the neighborhood.


photograph by Donna Burch

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Photo Flood 34: Calvary Cemetery


photograph by Jason Gray

Calvary Cemetery, at over 160 years old, is the final resting place for many of St. Louis’ most important residents. Dred Scott, Auguste Chouteau, and Tennessee Williams are among those buried there. This Roman Catholic Cemetery and its natural setting are an exciting visit for anyone with the history of our city in mind.


photograph by Ann Aurbach

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Photo Flood 33: Holly Hills


photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

A south St. Louis neighborhood of distinction, Holly Hills began as little more than grand ambitions. In the 1920’s, a planned community project began on land purchased from the Missouri-Pacific Railroad (which runs through). The developers named the effort to emulate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood living, but the Great Depression squelched much of that aspiration, in order to make home sales more likely. Still, Holly Hills does not lack in beautiful dwellings, a fact supported by one of the oldest and most dedicated neighborhood associations in the city.


photograph by Janet Henrichs

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Photo Flood 32: Forest Park Southeast


photograph by Jeni Kulka

Forest Park Southeast is a play on identities. Once a rural respite for city dwellers, it is now firmly encompassed by urban core. Once disconnected from the commerce and transportation mechanisms of the area, it now features one of the fastest growing entertainment districts and includes two interstates and a railroad in its borders. What’s more, the neighborhood north of Manchester is wholly distinct in character from the neighborhood south of it. Nonetheless, FPSE offers one of the more distinctive collections of architecture on the city’s South Side (from turn of the 20th to turn of the 21st century buildings).


photograph by Allen Casey

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Photo Flood 31: Ferguson


photograph by Jason Gray

Once thought to be merely a sleepy suburb of St. Louis, Ferguson is now ground zero for the most significant civil rights movement in a generation. The events which have transpired since the tragic shooting death here of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 will continue to shape the landscape of racial politics for years to come.


photograph by Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk

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Photo Flood 30: Hamilton Heights


photograph by Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk

Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood of vast potential. In the 1940’s, this area experienced its “golden days”, when the turn of the 20th century homes possessed a not too tired character, celluloid beamed brightly in the local movie theaters, and streetcar lines serviced the main business corridors. Today, much of that original housing stock has deteriorated (about 45% of the existing homes were built before 1940 and another 45% after 1980), though what remains offers many possibilities.


photograph by James Palmour

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