The Post-Dispatch is looking into the recent fire activity in the Carrollton neighborhood, which is certainly a step in the right direction. Perhaps with some media attention, Lambert will resume the demolition of our homes and finally put our area to rest. That has been the unintentional goal for 56 Houses Left, for I thought this project would only take a few months to finish. When I first started photographing in 2006 and when I created this blog in 2007, I thought, given the pattern of destruction, that everything would be wrapped up by early spring of 2008. Now, it is August, no demolition work has taken place since March, and we are witnessing the effects of a lawless area without the owner’s protection or concern through arson and other criminal activities so many have rumored to me about. Staged fights. Moltov Cocktails. And of course, the graffiti. This is why I don’t go into the area at night. This is why I don’t linger long there anymore. This is the disgrace that Lambert has blanketed our beloved homes with, and this is why we want something done. We can’t have our homes back. All we want is to go to bed at night knowing that the atrocities our families endured in the enddays was for some greater purpose. Unfortunately, Lambert still cannot prove that purpose exists, through the neglect I have documented.
The Post-Dispatch quoted me with 9 houses remaining and 17 have been burned. 9 houses remain relatively intact, but the 17 other parcels are in varying degrees of uninhabitable decay, 15 of which have suffered some type of fire. Here is an updated list on the conditions of the 26 parcels as of yesterday, August 17th, 2008.
When looking at the dates, most of the dates are when I discovered the damage, not necessarily when it was inflicted. Give or take a few days prior for these dates.
12856 Bittick- Suffered severe weather damage April 10; barely structurally sound, heavy vandalism and racist graffiti.
12893 Bittick- Heavily graffitied in March 2008, burned to the ground around July 22, 2008.
4228 Manteca- Lots of vandalism, not structurally sound.
4217 Manetca- Heavily vandalized and graffitied, burned to the ground April 29, 2008.
4217 Manteca- Burned to the ground July 18.
4232 Manteca- Burned to the ground April 26.
4248 Brampton- Partial burn June 6th.
4247 Brampton- Majority burned July 22, ½ standing.
4245? Brampton- Near full burn June 1st, entire 2nd story gone
12736 Woodford Way- Burned to ground July 22, suffered major weather damage April 10
12752 Lonsdale- nearly burned to ground, less than ½ standing, March 30
4111 Weskan- burned to ground July 22
12634 Weskan- burned to ground June 14
4050 Chartley- burned to ground July 18
4219 Chartley- fire damage in back bedroom, May 2008; vandalism, not structurally sound
12637 Brumley- vandalism, appears to have charred marks on garage door
????? Hemet- heavily damaged due to vandalism.
12713 Asherton- burned halfway April 14th
12704 Marburn- heavily vandalism
12679 Grandin- major graffiti and vandalism
4323 Gladwyn- minor damage
14750 Gladwyn- minor damage (this one creeps me out the most- always had)
4197 Pont- minor damage, boarded windows
??? (green house) Pont- minor damage, boarded windows
???? Pont (corner of Pont and Gladwyn)- some damage, spotted many groundhogs using the home for shelter
4229 Pont- corner of Pont and Patty Lane(?)- boarded windows, relatively untouched
The homes on Pont and Gladwyn are the only ones remaining on the South side of 270. I believe their close proximity to Natural Bridge Road has protected them from the heavy vandalism we have seen on the North side.
Thank you all to those who are standing behind me in my project to document the history of Carrollton. I am still accepting photos and stories of Carrollton’s humble beginnings, if you would like to contribute to the book project. You may contact me by clicking on the ‘contact’ link above.