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North City neighborhood to get block-by-block makeover

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A north St. Louis neighborhood once riddled with crime is getting a makeover, block by block.

The 21st ward alderman says that last year, Lee Avenue was the site of four murders and numerous shootings. Alderman Antonio French is using community development money and lots of volunteers to demolish vacant buildings and restore homes, both inside and out.

“When [the buildings are] in really bad shape [like] these buildings were, it breeds apathy, breeds depression,” says French. “ When we can really stamp down the crime, and start building some hope over here, it's going to be felt in the blocks around us and the whole neighborhood.”

On Saturday, more than 150 volunteers from Boeing will give time to the 21st ward. Lee Avenue will be closed to traffic between Fair and Newstead for the repairs.

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