In what appears to be a bombed-out neighborhood, the famed Shelley House (a National Historic Landmark) is found to have a value of $45,000 in 2014.
No war was fought in North St. Louis, where the Shelley House is found on 4600 Labadie Avenue; no, instead the community went from almost 100 percent white in 1945 to nearly 100 percent black in 2014.
|The Shelley House (a National Historic Landmark) in 2014... it's where the four white arrows converge. Worth $44,695... did an aerial bombing campaign level the houses around it? No. The community went from 100 percent white in 1945 to 100 percent black today...|
Not even the condition of 83 percent black Detroit in 2014 - a bankrupt, black-run metropolis - is a more powerful symbol for the complete failure of America's post-World War II race policies than what 4600 Labadie Avenue represents.
Not even close.
Here's Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom's words on 4600 Labadie Avenue, as they wrote in the introduction to Justice and the American Metropolis:
A modest two-story brick home sits at 4600 Labadie Avenue in the heart of St. Louis's North Side. Nothing sets this house apart from its neighbors but a small metal plaque, which commemorates its role in the landmark Supreme Court decision Shelley v. Kraemer .
In October 1945, J.D. and Ethel Shelley, an African-American couple, purchased 4600 Labadie Avenue. At that time, the house was cored by a deed restriction that prohibited occupancy by "any person not of the Caucasian race" and specifically by "people of the Negro or Mongolian Race." A white couple, Fern and Louis Kraemer, were the plaintiffs, chose to represent the Marcus Avenue Improvement Association (whose covenants covered a total of fifty-seven parcels in the vicinity of 4600 Labadie Avenue) because Fern's mother had been a party to the 1911 agreement that originated the covenant. In is Shelley v. Kraemer decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rule that, although as private contracts racial deed restrictions were legal, state enforcement of such contracts violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Following Shelley v. Kraemer, major civil rights triumphs in the second half of the twentieth century opened up important new opportunities for African-Americans, especially for middle-class blacks. But segregation persisted. Although after 1950 the black population expanded into the previously all-white neighborhood around 4600 Labadie Avenue, for most African-Americans in North St. Louis this change represented not the achievement of equality or equal opportunity so much as a move from the compacted Jim Crow ghetto to the lower-density ghetto of the post-civil rights movement years.
In the second half of the last century, the neighborhood in which the house at 4600 Labadie Avenue sits experienced significant population loss. By the year 2000, the census tract in which the house is sited was 98.6 percent black. At that time, a full 21.3 percent of the neighborhood's residents lived below the poverty level, and the median value of single-family homes in the area was less than half that for the St. Louis metropolitan area as a whole. (Justice and the American Metropolis, p. 1-2)Nature has a well-know racial bias.
|The Shelley House (fourth down from left) in happier times... year unknown|
No matter the efforts to keep nature at bay via social engineer, the best intentions of those who would manipulate nature always are exposed in the end.
The celebrated Shelley House at 4600 Labadie Avenue is a testament to this truth.
As I wrote at VDare days ago [Restrictive Covenants To Maintain Property Values Were Banned In 1948–How’s That Working Out?, August 22, 2014]:
In the past, land titles many white neighborhoods had “restrictive covenants” stating that the land could only be sold to another white person. This was meant to maintain property values, a reason the Supreme Court said was not good enough. [Eric Holder, Freedom Of Association, And The Forgotten Case For Restrictive Covenants, August 27, 2013]
The Shelley House in 2008
The most destructive SCOTUS case (Shelley v. Kraemer, 1948) was based around three cases on restrictive covenants: one came from St. Louis.
The “Shelley House” is a National Historic Landmark.
Here’s a black-and-white historical photograph.
I looked on Google Maps/street view.… look at the house today (below).
The Shelley House in 2014... where'd the house on the left go?
This is… unbelievable.No.
This is just the reality of race and why restrictive covenants were so important in protecting the integrity and property values of neighborhoods (homes).
The fate of the Shelley House at 4600 Labadie Avenue in North St. Louis is a representation of what happens when a civilization/community goes from 100 percent white (1945) to 100 percent black by 2000.
It would be invaluable to find out what the property went for back in 1945, when the first black family (Shelley) purchased the house, so as to quantify the cost of trying to fool nature and engineer equality.