Monday, August 29, 2005

Planned Mississippi River Bridge To Brighten Entry to Brooklyn (aka "Lovejoy"), Illinois

The reported oldest African-American community in the state of Illinois lies just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. It's the tiny community of Brooklyn, Illinois, originally known as "Lovejoy".

For years, Brooklyn has mostly been known for its seedy collection of strip clubs, built along Illinois Route 3. However, venture into its residential area, and you will discover a mostly tidy, quiet, almost rural-feeling, small town.

Today, Brooklyn has a major new park on its eastern boundary, and with the planned realignment of Route 3 to coincide with plans for the new I-70 Mississippi River Bridge, the little town of Brooklyn will someday have a much more visible and inviting appearance to people travelling into the St. Louis area.

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