Six months since Brown’s death, Ferguson economy shows scars, hope

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Business owners along West Florissant Avenue say the St. Louis suburb is still peppered with sign of unrest, but also that there are signs of hope. | Photo courtesy of bostonpeter7/Flickr

Six months removed from the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the St. Louis suburb is still peppered with signs of the unrest that followed Brown’s death.

Ferguson home sales are down 38 percent since August. Remnants of burned-out buildings still remain along West Florissant Avenue, one of Ferguson’s main arteries. Some store owners say business has dropped significantly.

There are also signs of hope, though. The city lists eight damaged buildings where owners have made repairs or have plans to rebuild. Some businesses in the area say that sort of resilience will help other businesses — and embolden customers to come back.

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