Their stories would add some complexity to the supposed ruins, and some sense of moral urgency. Perhaps readers in London can afford to sublimate the gaze upon vacant St. Louis buildings, but St. Louisans cannot -- and, largely, do not. The real story, underreported even locally, is that people do care about these buildings.Another part of the story, we suggest, is that for a long time, the City hesitated to let people care about these buildings, but now appears that it's warming to small rehabbers who want to rejuvenate the city piecemeal (as opposed to huge, top-down planning such as that envisioned by developer Paul McKee).
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