April 16, 2009

East St. Louis, America



Could areas of Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami look like this one day?

If they don't already?

How many cities in America will die? We already have East St. Louis, Detroit, Benton Harbor, Compton, Camden, Flint, Birmingham, Hartford, Gary, Memphis, Trenton, ... (help me fill in the blank). How many new ghost cities will arise from the Great Housing Ponzi Scheme and Crash?

Too many houses + too few jobs + too much crime + incompetent and corrupt government = this.

I've seen some dangerous, downtrodden, destroyed cities over here, where the people have no jobs and no hope. Places fresh from war, or still getting over the collapse of communism.

But what I've seen in Detroit and East St. Louis is even worse. And it likely won't stop there.




19 comments:

went2puke said...

In 2004, after a long stay overseas, I drove along Georgia Ave from Maryland to DC. What I saw around me was no different than the slums of Baghdad-- after the invasion. I couldn't help asking why was Bush telling America that his was a war to free Iraq from dictatorship, that he wanted to re-construct Iraq, whereas much of that freedom and re-contruction was badly needed in America itself.

yoski said...

In Miami during the boom I've seen places like this 4 sale as "handy man special" for $200+K.

Anonymous said...

the video could have been shot in braddock, pa! this was a town on the mongahela river which had the steel mills. the area has never recovered since the 80s and has condemned homes just like this everywhere! back then no one ever thought about bailing out the steel industry!

Anonymous said...

They have the best strip clubs in America.

Jamie Auffenberg was found not-guilty of tax fraud. Yes, he lived in the Caribbean while running 15 car dealerships.

Anonymous said...

I live in St Louis MISSOURI - Just want to let everyone know, East St Louis is in ILLINOIS across the MISSISSIPPI RIVER and yes it is a shithole. No one who values their life will be there after dark.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful town, huh? You have to be there for a while and then it grows on you - hahaha! Back in the 1980's I used to do collections there. I think it helped me develop the personality I have today.

Smug Bastard

Anonymous said...

Uh, East St. Louis has ALWAYS looked like this

- nothing new here move along...

Anonymous said...

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Der go da nebah-hood



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Pay'em to stay said...

If the USA was balanced on a scale and could reflect the mass migration to the South it would be tilted heavy toward the Atlantic right about now.
There are two types of people North of Virgina...Those in the Uhaul on the way to the promise land and those waiting for the Uhaul to get back so they can rent it to escape the brutal weather.

IMO...Govt will have to pay people to live in the cities such as Detroit & Buffalo in the future or they will all dry up.

borkafatty aka the pig said...

All of the below are either already or are rapidly becoming shitholes:

Asbury Park
Atlantic City
Most of Bayonne
Camden
East Orange
Elizabeth
Ewing
Gloucester City
Hillside
Irvington
Most of Jersey City
Keansburg
Lakewood
Linden
Long Branch
Maplewood
Newark except Ironbound Section
North Bergen
Orange
Passaic
Paterson
Perth Amboy
Phillipsburg
Trenton
Union
Union City
West New York

And thats just one very small state.

Anonymous said...

"I live in St Louis MISSOURI - Just want to let everyone know, East St Louis is in ILLINOIS across the MISSISSIPPI RIVER and yes it is a shithole. No one who values their life will be there after dark."

Umm, same goes for North St. Louis City and much of North St. Louis County - pack a pinic lunch and take a trip going north on Broadway from the Arch grounds sometime. Like somehow Missouri is some sort of Candy Land by comparison to Illinois... Bitch pleeeeeze.

Smug Bastard

Stuck in So Pa said...

Just Google "Urban Decay Detroit" and follow the side links. You can spend days observing the future of America as reflected in her cities. In my day, some of those rotting shells would have been considered mansions. Enough to make you cry.

On an up note, satellite photos will show Detroit to be a VERY green city. Mother Nature is reclaiming vast areas of downtown.

Anonymous said...

Where's the paid-for-whore Chinamen from Hell, Larry Yun when you need him?

He would tell you 'Now is a Great Time to Buy these properties" and with a little sweat and a paintbrush you could be staring at instant equity...

Croak the NAR.

Anonymous said...

I lived in St Louis most of my life before I moved out and yes East St Louis was always a sh**hole but so is the rest of St Louis it is a dying city itself. Well at least they still have the Cardinal baseball team and a new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Damn, and I thought Berlin looked bad after WWII!!!

Its been several years since I wound up in East St Louis (by mistake one day). Looks like they have kept up their look pretty well, and added some new attractions.

Anonymous said...

As someone else said, the whole St Louis area is dying. It is no differnet than any other inner city taken over by socialistic welfarish political leaders feqaathering their own beds while redistributing the income of the few remaining workers. Interestingly the workers actually elected the politicians that brought this plight upon themselves

Jeff said...

Detroit, E. St. Lois, Compton, etc. have one thing in common: SIN

Love thy neighbor, or take what you can get while the going is good. Beat the system because "that's the american way"..... the system has now been beaten, and it no longer works. What happened to these cities has now happened everywhere. It's just a matter of decay at this point. The life has already left us.

Jeff said...

Detroit, E. St. Lois, Compton, etc. have one thing in common: SIN

Love thy neighbor, or take what you can get while the going is good. Beat the system because "that's the american way"..... the system has now been beaten, and it no longer works. What happened to these cities has now happened everywhere. It's just a matter of decay at this point. The life has already left us.

Charlie_In_LA said...

More pictures on www.builtstlouis.net. Sad.