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Sunday Poll: Should Alderman Carter Resign Immediately or Stay In Office?

Last week a city alderman was in the news: A St. Louis city alderman was arrested in St. Louis County on Monday under suspicion of domestic abuse. Alderman Chris Carter was taken into custody by St. Louis County police after a traffic stop, authorities confirmed. Carter’s wife called police about...

Cautiously Optimistic About the Future of the Railway Exchange Building

Word quickly spread on Wednesday about a vacant building downtown: NextSTL: 1.2M SF Railway Exchange Under Contract, Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned St. Louis Business Journal: Developer has Railway Exchange Building under contract While most were cheering the “news”, I was digging into the record of this developer. From the NextSTL post:...

Replacing Our Chinatown With A Baseball Stadium Was One Of Many Mistakes

In the 1960s Urban Renewal was in full swing — remaking/destroying cities on a large scale.  The majority of people approved — few protested. The powers that be had dismissed Jane Jacobs’ 1961 critique: The Death & Life of Great American Cities. Forty city blocks of our original city had been...

The ‘Great Streets’ Project on Natural Bridge, Part 3

The last two days I’ve shown you before & after photos of the Great Streets makeover/road diet of Natural Bridge Rd — a 1.7 mile stretch from Lucas & Hunt on the East end to Hanley Rd in the West end (map): Part 1 — North side East to West...

The ‘Great Streets’ Project on Natural Bridge, Part 2

Natural Bridge received a ‘Great Streets’ road diet and makeover, yesterday I looked at the North side from Lucas & Hunt to Hanley Rd — see Part 1. My May 2012 visit was exactly four years ago today. In today’s post we’ll look at the South side on the return...

BMO Plays the Asshole Card, Conway Talks Out of Both Ends

BMO Harris Bank has apparently upped the ante in the controversy regarding the future of the historic Southwest Bank building at the corner of Kingshighway & Vandeventer. Representatives of BMO met recently with the Southwest GardenShow More Summary

The ‘Great Streets’ Project on Natural Bridge, Part 1

In May 2012 I posted about a plan to make a stretch of Natural Bridge in St. Louis County less hostile to pedestrians, see Redeveloping Natural Bridge & The UMSL South MetroLink Station.  Natural Bridge was to become one of East-West Gateway’s “Great Streets Initiative“: Great Streets are representative of...

Sunday Poll: Was Opening A New Baseball Stadium Downtown in 1966 A Mistake?

Fifty years ago today  the final baseball game was played at Sportsman’s Park, aka Busch I, a site where where baseball had been played since 1867. On May 12, 1966 Busch Memorial Stadium, aka Busch II, opened. St. Louis’ Chinatown, called Hop Alley, was razed to make room for Busch II:...

The Firehouses of St. Louis

Having kids in scouts and other groups gets you into some places that you usually would not go. Firehouses are once such example. I attended a cub scout tour of No. 35 on Arsenal Street with one of my sons. This is where I got an appreciation...Show More Summary

Union Station 10 Cine' (1988-2003)

When we lose places, be they businesses, homes, or just a building we lose memories, historical touch points to revisit, and worst of all, our identity as a place, as a city. I gave the many theaters we've lost over the years in St. Louis some consideration here and here. Show More Summary

A Great Idea I Need To Get Used To: The Zipper Merge

I’ve been driving for thirty-three plus years now, considering myself a good driver most of that time. That said, I’ve recently learned the way most of us merge at lane closures contributes to backups. Minnesota has taken the lead to push The Zipper Merge: The state of Minnesota began openly...

Delmar & Euclid Building Will Soon Have New Use As Apartments

The 6-story building at Delmar & Euclid was known for decades as the Euclid Plaza Building. It was begun in 1910 as the General Van & Storage.  We know the building as 625 N. Euclid Ave, but General Van & Storage used 4908 Delmar Blvd. as their address. In the...

Charles H. Compton

The Compton Library at 1624 Locust Street, accessible by appointment only, was named in honor of Charles Herrick Compton (1880-1966). A staunch advocate for the library system in St. Louis, and public libraries in general, Compton was employed by the St. Show More Summary

I’m Opposed To Sales Tax For Zoo, Expand Zoo-Museum District And/Or Charge Admission

Two mornings a week admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is free to those who live in St. Louis city & county — who pay property taxes to the Zoo-Museum District. The rest of the time admission is charged. The zoo, however, is free. In 1972, the Metropolitan Zoological Park...

Deplorable Surface Parking Lot At 1601 Locust Cited, Fined

Yesterday I posted about a privately-owned surface parking lot that has used 75o square feet of the public right-of-way for years, see Deutsch Family Has Profited From Public Right-Of-Way For Nearly Two Decades. Today’s post is about another privately-owned surface parking lot five blocks West. The lot at 1601 Locust...

Deutsch Family Has Profited From Public Right-Of-Way For Nearly Two Decades

Some take big all at once, but others take just a little over a long period — the latter can continue with few noticing and nobody able to stop it. Seven years ago I posted about theft of public property, see Stealing a Sidewalk (images since lost). Since then nothing has changed. In...

Sunday Poll: Support or Oppose a Regional Sales Tax for the St. Louis Zoo?

In the news last month was the idea of a 5-county sales tax to support the St. Louis Zoo: The chief executive of the St. Louis Zoo says a regional sales tax is the right way — and perhaps the only way — to preserve the zoo and its animals...

Mansion House Center 50th Anniversary

During the Urban Renewal era St. Louis leveled much of downtown — chasing away residents, businesses, shoppers, workers, etc. By the mid-1960s blocks and blocks of once-vibrant land began to get new structures. In October 1965 the top piece of the Arch was set into place. A couple of weeks...

5th Anniversary of St. Louis’ Downtown Bicycle Station

Five years ago today the ribbon was cut on a new concept in St. Louis — a bike station. A place where a bike commuter can shower and change clothes before going into his/her office. The Downtown Bicycle Station is a project of Trailnet, which is located upstairs in the...

Kleb Clothing and Shoe Company

Kleb Clothing and Shoe Company was one of my favorite places in the city's Patch Neighborhood. For those of us who knew it (probably all men), this was a place to purchase high quality, mostly American-made work-wear, no frills. So why all the past-tense? Well, I just recently learned the hard way that Kleb's has closed. Show More Summary

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