After another wave of riots, West Florissant businesses ponder future

Florissant  Avenue in Ferguson was one of the main sights for protests in the wake of Michael Brown's death. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr
Businesses along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson have been hit hard by vandalism and looting in both waves of riots over the last four months. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr

All along West Florissant Avenue, business owners are facing difficult decisions.

The street, a major Ferguson thoroughfare, has been hit twice in the last four months by waves of vandalism and looting — in August after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and again last week after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

After last week’s rioting, some business owners along the street pledged to stay. Others were left wondering.

The future of the business district depends on several factors: insurance, financing from banks or the government, and the willingness of landlords to replace burned buildings.

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