ESLARP East St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LA 437/465 Fall 1994

A More Lively and More Lovely East St. Louis


As a noticeable example of urban blight in American, East St. Louis has long been suffered from economic and demographic decline which caused to abandoned lots and vacant or dilapidated properties permeating all over the city boundary. This kind of places lack of maintenance is an invitation to dump which increments environmental degradation.

To improve current quality of life for the citizens of ESL and to provide directions that may improve the future and encourage new life and vitality are the main goals of this project. The short-term evolution to achieve these goals is to reuse abandoned lots as well as to create jobs for the citizens of ESL. Recycling and agriculture related businesses are proposed to satisfy the needs.

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