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Fox Park

Fox Park is one of 111 St. Louis parks. The 2.69 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1917 and is located in the Fox Park neighborhood. The park is located just south and east of the intersection of California and Shenandoah Avenues: The park has seen much investment and hard work over the years. Show More Summary

Late notice: Why save old buildings in Detroit? Preservation Detroit on Who We Are and What We Do

Preservation Detroit President Amy Elliott Bragg and I will be talking about old buildings in Detroit and why they matter, later today. If you can make it, we’d love to see you and answer your questions.

Some Thoughts On The November 4th Midterm General Election

The television commercials before the August primaries were constant; especially Steve Stenger vs Charlie Dooley and Bruce Rauner attacking Pat Quinn, rather than his primary opponents. I’d hoped for a little relief between the primary and the general election, three weeks from today. It seems like right after the primary...

The Solution To Reduce Parking In MetroBus Stops Exists In Front Of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters

At various MetroBus stops all over the city motorists decide it’s ok to park in the stop, forcing the bus to stop in traffic to pick-up/drop-off passengers.  I’ve shown a couple of examples before, both on Market St: The ideal solution to prevent all motorists from blocking access to bus stops...

Poll: Thoughts On The Aventura Apartments South Of BJC/Cortex

For the poll this week I want to know what readers think of the Aventura apartments.  The site, 4431 Chouteau, previously had a gasometer. The poll is in the right sidebar, mobile users need to switch to the desktop layout. — Steve Patterson

Writing About Improved Pedestrian Access For A Decade, Before Becoming Disabled

In the nearly ten years I’ve written this blog I’ve consistently argued for improved pedestrian access, even before I became disabled in February 2008. Newer readers may have forgotten my early advocacy for walkability, here are some reminders: October 2004: Kirkwood Station Plaza, another great idea with questionable execution December...

Independents Trounce Partisan Nominees In 15th Ward Special Election

The unofficial results from Tuesday’s special election in the 15th ward are interesting to me.  First, the turnout was a decent 17.5%. By contrast, the December 2011 special election in my ward, the 5th, just 10.37% of voters participated. Here are some recent participation rates for the 15th ward: August 2014...

Readers: The US War On Drugs Is A Failure; Drug Policy Lecture/Panel Friday

In the poll last week readers overwhelmingly felt our ‘War on Drugs’ is a failure, here are the results: Q: Currently, the US ‘War on Drugs’ is… a failure 98 [89.09%] neither a success or failure 9 [8.18%] Unsure/No Opinion 3 [2.73%] a success 0 [0%] Why does this matter? Because...

Updating Parking Garage Lighting

Yesterday I posted about a parking garage attempting, poorly, to look like numerous buildings. In researching the garage I discovered in June Cheyenne WY approved spending a little more than $130,000 to upgrade the lighting from metal halide fixtures to LED. Bob Bradshaw, the city’s special projects director, said the...

Parking Garage Attempts To Look Like Multiple Buildings

Parking, specifically parking garages, have been a regular topic here over the last decade, recently a musical garage in Chicago and two St. Louis apartment projects. While on my honeymoon last month we spotted another garage I want to share with you today, this one in Cheyenne Wyoming. We spent...

Sherman Park

Sherman Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 22.04 acre park is located at the northwest corner of Kingshighway and Martin Luther Kingthe Kingsway West neighborhood. The park was placed into ordinance in 1917 when the city took over the property after one of St. Show More Summary

Poll: The Recorder Of Deeds Office Should…

The usually sleepy Recorder of Deeds office has been in the news a lot for months, after Sharon Carpenter resigned amid charges of nepotism. Some of Carpenter’s spending was questionable, including office renovations, prompting Gov. Nixon to request an audit. On Friday Board Bill 151 was introduced at the Board of...

Transit Rider Input Sought By Metro For New MetroBus Transit Center In North County

Next Tuesday, October 7th, is the third and final event Metro will host to get customer input into changes to MetroBus routes once the new Transit Center opens about a year or so from now. From the press release: Metro transit is inviting MetroBus customers and the public to learn...

Readers: Body Cameras For Local Police Worth The Expense

In the poll last week readers overwhelmingly indicated they believe body cameras for local police are worth the expense, here are the results: Q: Are body cameras for local police worth the expense? Yes 67 [72.83%] Maybe 13 [14.13%] No 9 [9.78%] Unsure/No Opinion 3 [3.26%] With so many jurisdictions and...

October 2014: 10th Anniversary Month For UrbanReviewSTL.com

The last day of this month, Halloween 2014, is the 10th anniversary of UrbanReviewSTL.com. Throughout this month I’ll look back at the last 9 years 11 months, picking out some of my favorite topics from thousands of posts. I started the blog as a way to focus after my dad’s...

ADA Violation: Mini of St. Louis Doesn’t Have Required Pedestrian Access They Said They Would

Back in 2011 Mini of St. Louis announced they would relocate from Clayton to a large site adjacent to the Sunnen MetroLink light rail station (blue line).  I took the opportunity to remind them they needed to provide an accessible pedestrian route. They said ” Oh, of course!!! That’s a non-issue....

Reminder: 15th Ward Candidate Forum Tonight; Another Thursday October 2nd

If you’re a registered voter in the 15th ward I urge you to attend the candidate forum at 7pm tonight, Monday September 29, 2014, Carpenter Library, lower level, 3309 S. Grand Here are the four candidates, in reverse ballot order: Rhonda Smythe Megan Ellyia Green Joshua D. Simpson Missy Pinkerton-McDaniel The special election...

Poll: The US ‘War On Drugs’ Is…

Over four decades ago the United States declared a “war on drugs:” In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. Nixon temporarily placed marijuana in...

Olive Sidewalk East Of 13th Street Improved

Back on May 6th I got fed up with the sidewalk condition along Olive at 13th, so I emailed Bill Burkhardt, the city employee in charge of asphalt, and copied his boss, Director of Streets Todd Waelterman. Turns out the underground utility vaults belong to Ameren, the worker I spoke...

Springfield’s Hy-Vee Grocery Store Made Same Pedestrian Mistakes As St. Louis Developments

In March 2013 I posted about a newly built grocery store near downtown Springfield IL, see Springfield IL & Niemann Foods Don’t Understand Pedestrian-Friendly Design. By May 2013 they’d added a pedestrian route, a non-compliant afterthought, see County Market Near Downtown Springfield IL Retrofits A Pedestrian Route. My March post prompted...

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