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Gov. Mike Parson met with Beloved Streets of America CEO Melvin White on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Hamilton Avenue to discuss ways to renew the desolate area and bring jobs and quality housing to the area on Aug. 22, 2019.
Andrea Henderson | St. Louis Public Radio

At the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Hamilton Avenue, there are vacant lots, several abandoned businesses and the construction site of the St. Louis nonprofit, Beloved Streets of America. 

The organization invited Gov. Mike Parson out on Thursday to examine the desolate areas surrounding the 5900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Parson walked down the block on Hamilton Avenue with the organization’s CEO, Melvin White.

Jack Dorsey (left) and Bill Pulte look on as demolition work begins in the Wells Goodfellow neighborhood of St. Louis on July19, 2019.
Nicolas Telep | St. Louis Public Radio

There are 7,000 vacant buildings and more than 10,000 vacant lots in St. Louis. Many of the structures are beyond repair, so the demolition of 30 vacant structures will only put a small dent in the blight problem.

The St. Louis Blight Authority is the organization behind a project to clear a four-block area in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. The organizers believe the initiative could be just the beginning of a more far-reaching program.