East St. Louis, Illinois

Across the river from St. Louis Missouri, ESL is a decaying suburb which seems to contain far more abandoned and damaged buildings than it does intact and occupied ones.

A burned-out but still beautibul church which resembles an ancient ruin. The congregation has taken over the attached community center / theater.

The wreckage of the public library, occupied by vagrants and supposedly wild dogs.

A variety of collapsing downtown structures show some fascinating decoration and architecture, but have suffered from decades of neglect and weather.

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