Maria Keena (@kmoxmaria)By Maria Keena

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – It has been over one month since the night skies were lit up by arson along West Florissant Avenue following the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting.

While those fires have long been extinguished, many burned businesses remain.

Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes doesn’t know what the holdup is, saying perhaps it’s the time of year slowing things down, or maybe cleanup is being held off until after hearings in Jefferson City.

“It’s very devastating,” she says. “And while I like that a lot of people have done a lot of art on the … boards of buildings that are there – it helps bring a better sense of satisfaction. You see beautiful images, and then there are lots of burnt-down buildings just standing there.”

Bynes says it’s not clear who is responsible for the cleanup.

KMOX has made several attempts to call Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, but his voicemail won’t accept messages.

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