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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Video Tour of Kinloch, The Saddest City In St. Louis County

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

If you missed our post earlier this morning detailing the troubles of Kinloch Fire Protection District and their beef with St. Louis County and the developers at NorthPark, click here to check it out.

The story touches on the astonishing level of urban decay Kinloch, the poorest of the 91 municipalities in St. Louis County. But in order to truly appreciate the crumbling city you have to visit.

We did just that so you wouldn't have to (thank us later) and filmed the windshield tour we received from Darran Kelly, Chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District and a Kinloch native.

Behold the tiny town that makes East St. Louis look like a thriving metropolis by comparison:

The city had a population of about 460 at the time of the 2000 census but that number has declined dramatically since then. The largest public housing project was condemned and more that 100 people moved to homes in nearby Berkeley and Ferguson.

Kinloch is the oldest African-American community west of the Mississippi River. It was once home to more than 10,000 people. In the 1980s Lambert Airport bought up half the city to make room for a second runway. The runway was never built and Kinloch, stripped of its tax base, was left to wither.

More property was bought up in recent years for a commercial development called NorthPark.


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