Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 1, 1968 · Page 12
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 12

Alton, Illinois
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Monday, July 1, 1968
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ALTON EVENING in or JLJLJLfiit AT LEFT Is the dly of Alton laid out as a battlefield. The map was prepared by General Planning and Resource Consul' tants of St. Louis as a workable program - neighborhood analy* sis. An explanatory sto Kulp is in the lower left of this page, Writer Ktilp takes tip each numbered section of the ma^' and gives a general picture of the neighborhood's condition. . . , . . MtonV Biggest Challenge -Blight ,_; ByJBttKULP "'' Telegraph Staff Writer Probably the biggest job the City of Alton will undertake to conform to federal requirements for funds will ^ the step-by-step eradication of bousing blight. The previous story; discussed Alton's'achievements in attaining other federal regulations, such as building codes, a housing department fontinuous planning, and so on, as a preliminary toward applying for government grants. Alto" will submit to the i*l l>lpartment of Housing pd "^ Tjrban Development a neigh- ^'^twrhood-by-neighborhood an*»' alysis of- housing conditions, 4" which will lie used to con'.', trol and 'eventually elimi- ftviiate blight k ,,The preliminary analysis 'i is contained in the city's £ workable program which it ;';-wffl file with the federal ^ government as a Ksquire- '1 ment for receiving grants I iinder several aid programs. 'T The cfty said it intends to 1? complete tile neighborhood 'l r analysis in greater detail, :$' 'outlining specific steps for j: the elimination of blight for * eacha^ea. <1 In f he preliminary analy- >f sis 'the entire city was sur^ veyed by a field staff, and $ neighbor, hopd condl- 'f'tions were noted. The analysis covers the condition <rf housing, streets, community facilities, and industrial and commercial development. I-* Highlights of the analysis, : ;"wi^h, emphasis on housing ^conditions, are as follows: Neighborhood 1 — (Generally bounded by Chouteau, $e?le, Parker and Hawley gUteets) — The majority of the housing is in good condition. There is, however, a •concentration of deteriorating dwelling units fronting J ~; Chouteau Avenue a h d local streets immed- to the south, and a fin- $ger of deteriorating housing * ' ' Hop Hollow ;Road extends to the west- e?tf?e and has an ad- Affect, There are no ii»nityj facilities, except Confederate Ceme- 1.2, (Bounded Hawley, Belle •«- The good , to;tt»e western part i remained In sound con- '' is much of the housing east tat* street has become The fflprcW*^ WW*W fc. ly residences scattered throughout. Interspersed among .these houses are a considerable number of vacant lots overgrown with weeds and underbrush and, r ~ in some instances, littered with abandoned cars. The residential ^development along Mack Street and McInerney Avenue consists mainly of dilapidated housing. The West Junior" High School athletic field is poorly maintained and has insufficient facilities to serve the students. There are no neighborhood parks with passive recreation facilities for residents. Neighborhood <3 (Bounded by State, Third and Broadway) — South of Bluff Street, the housing is generally sound. Between Bluff and Jefferson Avenue the housing conditions vary from deteriorating to dilapidated, with the greatest concentrations in the vicinity of Exchange, Wise, Yeakel, Hale, Coppinger Road and Hill Road. The latter area contains numerous vacant lots with abandoned cars and other miscellaneous junk. Community facilities include Irving School, Olin - State Park and Riverview Park, all well maintained. Neighborhood 4 (Bounded by State, Madison. 20th, Hamilton) — The housing conditions range from reasonably sound in the vicinity of Marshall - Marion Russell - 13th , to noticeable concentrations of dilapidation along Piasa, Belle, Hamilton and 10th. There are no elementary schools or parks in this area. Neighborhood 5 (Bounded by Belle, 2pth, Elm) T- The established residential development has remained in good condition, with the exception of the southwestern corner where some housing fronting on Rte. 87 varies from deteriorating to dilapidated. The public housing for the elderly in the northeast portion is in generally good condition, as are the public housing units adjacent. Eunice Smith School has adequate. facilities, but there are no neighborhood parks though the area is served by the YMCA. Neighborhood c (Bounded by Belle, Delmar, AJby)— The housing is in generally good condition though there exist? a few isolated areas along Elm where it appears deterioration is b* A few vacant lots found McKin* ™"^^**T ^^""^"7% lfladfle.uatft wri ojujpmeiit, 4009 OtiUfNff ^T^WppfrPH^f ^ jff^B* >^^W serve the neighborhood adequately except that the recreation building is somewhat deteriorated. Neighborhood 7 (Bounded by Godfrey, GM&O R.R., Alby, Elm, Sullivan Area) — The overall housing is generally sound except for the public housing along Sullivan Drive, which is in need of repair. Some of the sound housing to the west of the GM&O railroad shows initial signs of decay and needs some minor repair work. A large automobile junk yard in Madison County, on the north side of Oakwood, is a major blighting influence. There are no public schools or parks. Neighborhood 8 (Bounded by St. Joseph, Henry, Hoi- man, Elliott, 15th) — Housing throughout is generally sound, except for some that is badly deteriorated in the central part and some decay in the southeastern quarter. Washington School is old and its facilities are overcrowded, but it and Central Junior High School have , adequate playground facilities. Neighborhood 9 (Bounded by GM&O R.R., 9th, Henry) — The south-central and eastern part contains sound housing; between the south- central and western corner is a pocket of deterioriating housing. The western and eastern edges contain a large amount of dilapidated housing. The decayed houses are primarily occupied by nonwhites; the sound housing by mainly white families. There is no playground area and children frequently play in the numerous vacant buildings. Douglas School, has inadequate playground facilities, and Lincoln School's playground creates a hazardous crossing situation at 10th Street. Neighborhood 10 (Bounded by flth, Henry, Market, 3rd) — The housing is sound except for a pocket of decay in the southwestern corner between Market and Alby, several boarded - up houses next to the Sixth • Alton Street intersection and some deterioration to the properties fronting on Seventh east of Mechanic Street. Garfiejd School is cjosed and used as ft city warehouse, The Sunken Park Square is a well maintained park and a definite aesthetic asset Neighborhood 11 (Bounded by Henry, Union, Mams, Pearl) - Except for a few isolated spots with sound bowing, It consists mainly of dilapidated resi- capable of and nonwhite and the income level is relatively low. The neighborhood is filled with all kinds of incompatible land uses and the heavy industrial and commercial traffic creates both a noise and safety nuisance for the adjacent residential development. H u m b o 1 d t School has an inadequate playground, while the Hellrung Playground is poorly maintained. Both the Lovejoy Memorial and St. Joseph's Hospital create extra traffic.. [ Neighborhood 12 (Bounded by Henry, Elliott, Union, Rock String Dr.) — Both the northeastern and north-central portions are full of dilapidated houses, some falling down, others vacant and boarded up. There are a number of vacant lots, many littered with junk. The housing southeast of Brown and between Henry and Garden is in sound condition. Lovejoy School has an undersized site and insufficient playground equipment. Haskell Park lacks adequate recreation facilities. An additional park is being planned and construction should begin >n the near future. Neighborhood 13 (Bounded by Nolte, Donald, Rock Spring, Broadway, Marshall) — Contains generally sound houses, but the area between Sering and Main and west of Main in the vicinity of Krum and Denny consists largely of dilapidated housing. The area bounded. by Allen and Sarah and Harriet and Agnes contains primarily deteriorating structures The sound housing in the north-central and northwestern park, and those fronting on Main between the two areas of decaying housing, show some initial signs of deterioration' Neighborhood 14 (Bounded by Rock Spring, Nolte, Donald, Seminary, Judson) — The residential development in the north and east portions is in sound condition, hut the southeast section, bounded by Brown and Washington, is beginning to decline Alton High School has athletic facilities with regular maintenance, as does Horace Mann School. The, Eunice Smith Arboretum is well maintained. Neighborhood 15 (Bounded by County Ljae, judson, Seminary, Liberty, Oakwood) ~* North of Rte. Ill the housing conditions are good, is is the case of the southern portion. In the central area between Salu and Bte 111, there ifi a mixture of sound, deteriorating and dilapidated housing, The deterioration lies between Main and Seminary to the north of Salu, whereas the dUapl- Tfe population ^ tom white dated housing Is cojjcaitrat ed more to the north between Moore and Rte. Ill to the east of Humbert Street. Dunbar School has an undersized play area, but Salu Park is a small well maintained park with adequate play ecniipment. Neighborhood 16 (Bounded by Ray Ladede, Rodgers, Ethel, Seminary) — The housing is generally sound and is occupied by predominantly white families. Neighborhood I (Bounded by Beltline, Rock Spring Park, Oakwood, Ethel) — The large majority of the housing is dilapidated. In the southeastern part weeds and underbrush have grown up on a number of vacant lots and in the center is to be found various abandoned cars f<nd other junk. A small portion of Rock Springs Golf Course extends into the neighborhood, but there are no public school sites. North of Oakwood, in Madison County, is a large auto junk yard which constitutes a major blighting feature. Neighborhood M (Bounded by County line, College, Seminary, Ray, Laclede) — The northeastern half contains sound housing and is occupied primarily by white families. The southwestern half also has a predominance of good housing except for one pocket of deteriorating structures on Charlotte Street Thomas Jefferson School has adequate playground area and equipment Neighborhood N (Bounded by Ethel, Milton Rd., Hillcrest, 'Knoll) — The southern portion consists primarily of rugged terrain and some potential flood plain areas. Most of the housing surrounding this area is deteriorating, while the rest is beginning to decline. A small, proportion of the housing is In sound condition. Milton School has adequate play and recreation equipment, but there are no parks serving the area. Neighborhood 0 (Bounded by Marsh, Sanford, Hillcrest, Milton Rd., Broadway) — West of Miami and south of Sanford there is an area of dilapidated housing which extends into fJeigh- borhood 13. The central portion is characterized by rough terrain and decaying housing; a number of developed lots have abandoned cars and other junk. The area bounded by Milton Road, Come-In Place and Alben Street is deterlp. rating. The remainder of the neighborhood is in generally sound condition- Immediately south fa an aulo Junk yard and heavy industrial district. There are BO public faculties. Neighborhood P (Bounded by Milton Rd., Coronado Dr., Wood River township) — The majority of the housing is in sound condition, with some in deteriorated condition, primarily in the southeast section. One noticeable blight is the flood- able area in the east and southeast along Wood River and Aberdeen Street. Neighborhood Q (Bounded by Rodger, Milton, College, Wood River township) — The bulk of the housing is in sound condition, although two pockets of deteriorating structures exist at the western ends of Fullerton and Doerr streets in the vicinity of the GM&O right-of-way. Also there is some evidence of inital decline in the sound housing within the northern half. There are no community faculties, but a major park is planned in the area of Aberdeen Street. AS IT £00P T^4jr Dogtown bouses In above i»uoM are Co, Enemies of urban renewal, b> on a site wbere (be plan to clear the eluding a John Birch Society mew- acreage with federal urban renewal ber, wad he would have the plac« funds was lost, The area la below E, cleaned up Uirajself, That was S yeart Broadway east of Owens-Illinois Q\w aj;o and noM«njj nas been done, . . '' j',-<t f> '.&. . . • '' •

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