The north St. Louis neighborhood was a densely populated area for quite some time. History, at the moment, does not record the period of time, but the area suffered for several decades as people moved out of the area and businesses and buildings were becoming deteriorated. Crime was happening. Things got so bad that in 1977, the business district was in redevelopment but all it did was 'welcome crime'. Needless to say it was a failed project.
It wasn't until 1981 that a group of people from that neighborhood banded together to form the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. They would re-build each other's homes while cleaning up the area at the same time. The group continued to move forward by giving the Crown Square, the area just across from Crown Candy Kitchen, a complete facelift. After several years, the experiment worked and the pedestrian mall opened in 2010. This would only be the beginning of several current and future redevelopments in the area that brought us its classic red-brick buildings and its award-winning community gardens.
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UPDATE (9/4/2016): The cake is still there.