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Monique Buchanan is photographed on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at the Grand Motel in the Jeff Vanderlou neighborhood of St. Louis. Buchanan has purchased the motel, known as a hot spot for sex work, drug dealing and abuse, with the intention of turning it into an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Tristen Rouse
St. Louis Public Radio
The property once known for raucous and seedy activity is undergoing a physical and narrative renovation.