Linda Tate on January 31st, 2011

Collage. This was one of my grandmother’s favorite words. Out of the blue, she’d say, “Linnie, there’s a word I’ve come across and I’m not sure what it means. Collage. Do you know this word?” I’d go on to say that it was a collection of seemingly unrelated objects. Sometimes, she’d tell me that she’d […]

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Linda Tate on January 24th, 2011

I’m intrigued by the phenomenon of the “urban prairie,” what photographer/writer Camilo Jose Vergara calls the “green ghetto.” “Urban prairie,” says Wikipedia, “is a term coined to characterize large swaths of vacant city lots, typically covered with grass or untended weeds and litter. Urban prairie results from widespread building demolition, common in areas subject to […]

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For years, whenever I have dreamed of St. Louis, I have conjured images of buildings half-standing, half-open to the world. Invariably, the back wall of the house is missing, and I can peer right inside to the remainder of the house. There’s a mix of danger and excitement in these dreams: danger for I know […]

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Linda Tate on January 10th, 2011

In my last blog post, I reported that the Wellston School District has been shut down and that Wellston students now attend Normandy schools. Before the school district closed, a group of students at Wellston’s high school – known most recently as Eskridge High School – worked with StudioSTL to document the history of the […]

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Linda Tate on January 3rd, 2011

As many readers will know, the Wellston School District ceased to exist at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Because Wellston schools had lost state accreditation in 2003 and were struggling with infrastructure problems, the state board of education made the decision to merge Wellston schools with nearby Normandy School District, home of Wellston’s […]

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