Washington Avenue St. Louis Garment District. credit craig currie

Business owners take down boards on Washington Ave., Downtown St. Louis

7.19.2020 Update – Business owners along Washington Ave. in Downtown St. Louis had windows and doors boarded up a few weeks ago in case of looting due to the civil unrest with the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer. All the boards and sheets of plywood have been removed from the doors and windows giving the street some normalcy once more.

There was one board on a window during the drive-through. Washington Ave. and St. Louis businesses as a whole have been devastated by Covid-19. Salt & Smoke and other restaurants have shut down again due to staff testing positive for Covid-19.

Washington Avenue resides in the center of the Historic Garment District, a once-bustling manufacturing mecca with factories making shoes and clothing around the clock. Between the late 19th century and WWII, St. Louis was 2nd only to New York in terms of garment manufacturing.

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