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.