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Join author Patrick J. Kleaver as he reminisces about growing up Catholic in the historic St. Louis neighborhood he lived in from its heyday in the 1950s to its decline in the 1970s. From a detailed description of his house to the "Great White Way," the neigborhood's shopping district (with stops at various neighbors and churches along the way), you will feel like you are literally walking with him on a personally guided tour! Part autobiography, he admits to personal failings and a time when his otherwise idyllic childhood was clouded by bullying from classmates. While providing a critique of two government programs that most directly led to the neigborhood's decline, he expresses guarded hope for its future as urban pioneers try to rebuild and restore a sense of community.
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A life-long St. Louis, Missouri resident, the author has lived in all parts of that city, but his formative years were spent in a then-unrecognized and unappreciated historic neighborhood that only after its decline got the recognition it was due. Growing Up In Old North St. Louis is that neighborhood's story.
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