The burned-out buildings are gone, but one year after Michael Brown’s death the scars at local businesses along West Florissant Avenue are still apparent. At Zisser Tire & Auto Service in Ferguson there is plywood on several windows. Owner John Zisser said he’s just waiting on a city permit to change the window configuration.
There are still scars in Ferguson. One year after the protests that attracted the world’s attention, many of the damaged stores along West Florissant Road are still boarded up; trust between residents and police has frayed throughout the city; and private relationships have been strained by differences of opinion.