Hello again everyone.
I lived in a house that is now 129 years old for 50 years. It is in Ferguson, Missouri. Yes, that Ferguson. The one where a bunch of people from within and without the City went crazy for a few months in 2014.
What was an up and coming inner ring suburb of the City of St. Louis became a poster child for police brutality, racial unrest, violent protests, looting and arson. I’d spent the last 30 years of my life working with many other good people to redevelop the old downtown area, reinvigorate the residential areas and improve the City’s image across the metropolitan area. I watched as all that hard work spun down the drain in the weeks following the death of a teenage boy at the hands of the police.
It was tragic event that tore at the social fabric of the community, and eventually, the entire country.
Politicians, the media, civil rights activists and others swarmed into Ferguson to tell their stories and quickly redefine Ferguson. But their stories were often told without the context of the City’s history, and the sustained efforts it made to maintain a diverse community prior to that hot August afternoon. And Ferguson’s image was quickly remade. Leaders of foreign countries knew and spoke about Ferguson (but not in ways that brought solace to those of us living there). It was exhausting.
In April of 2015, I moved my family out of our ancestral home to another suburb of St. Louis. We rented the house to a fine young family and moved on.
Its been two years since we moved and our tenants have moved on, too. Its time to sell our charming old house. Our roots are starting to take in our new town and we know we aren’t going back.
So, if anyone out there is interested in buying a charming, historic, old house in historic Ferguson, contact me. I’d love to talk to you.
Here are photos of the front, back and side yards of our old house at 210 Hereford Ave.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.