dangerboy wrote:Sounds like this was essentially around the same time that the big projects like Wayne Miner were being torn down and people were being dispersed to single family homes and smaller apartment complexes. It's also the era when the city's housing authority was falling apart and ultimately taken over by the federal government for several years.
and this cycle began in the 1950s with urban renewal and land clearance, basically destroying the northside, most of columbus park (where I-35, garrison park, and paseo are now), quality hill, east 12th street from oak to paseo, and lincoln coles. there is barely ANYTHING there now resembling a neighborhood, but as little as 50 years ago they were thriving neighborhoods (even if they were low class, in poverty, etc... they were established, old neighborhoods, like the west side) this complete land clearance, which turned the land into highways and industrial uses (a. Zahner sheet metal, KCATA, budweiser, MGE around 2nd and tracy, MoDot, etc) concentrated housing projects in pockets on the edges. this neighborhood removal pushed tons of people across 27th street and cleveland, coupled with blockbusting, redlining, and already overcrowding. it seems like a lesser version of this happened in hickman mills/ruskin, and continues to happen today.