Virginia Savage can remember being a nervous fourth grader walking into Marshall Elementary for the first time in the Ville neighborhood in north St. Louis.
“It was a great school to me,” Savage said. “And when it shut down, I was hurt.”
Left vacant for six years, the building now has vines crawling into the broken windows that fill Marshall's once stately facade. Savage lives nearby and sees something much worse than a crumbling building.
“Drug dealers, drug users, eyesore. That’s what I see,” Savage said.