This is all getting destroyed soon. Many of the houses in this area are empty and boarded up. These may be amongst the ones slated to go. The landlords who presided over these properties got paid, so the University owns them and will soon replace them with something better.
The top photo was taken between 1944 and 1955. These homes are on University, across the street from where Beverly Avenue begins.
Sunnyside was beautiful once. It had a school and a supermarket. It was a place that mattered. Then, a combination of negligent landlords, destructive renters, and a local government that simply didn’t care let an entire neighborhood rot. We’re now promised that things will improve, but so much history will be casually destroyed as part of what we’ll pay to see things get better. Maybe that’s good; maybe not. But it’s unfortunate that the worst offenders - the landlords - managed to profit from all this.
(Photo courtesy of West Virginia History On View.)