Mark Byrnes is a former senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by violence.
Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by the violence that followed. At least a dozen buildings had been set on fire along West Florissant Avenue by 12:30 a.m.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered additional state National Guardsmen to Ferguson, announcing his decision via a press release at 1 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Spokesman Jeff Lea told reporters that 10 inbound flights were either cancelled or diverted. The restrictions expired at 3:30 a.m.
At least 61 people were arrested in the unrest overnight, according to the St.Louis Post-Dispatch. Local hospitals reported a total of 13 injured patients, but no fatalities.
At a 1:30 a.m. press conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that there's almost "nothing left" along a one mile stretch of the West Florissant between Solway Avenue and Chambers Road. “What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August, and that's truly unfortunate.” Belmar added, “frankly, I'm heartbroken about that."