Northside Properties 2018 | St. Louis Public Radio

Northside Properties 2018

Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

Tracey Edwards tells her kids not to walk near the two buildings at the end of her street.

The old corner store and the home just two lots down have stood empty, with windows and doors unlocked, for all nine years that Edwards has lived in her north St. Louis neighborhood. The buildings are an eyesore and have drawn drug activity and illegal dumping to an otherwise tidy street, the 52-year-old said.

“It’s a bad thing that corrupts the beauty of this little area,” Edwards said.