Saturday, February 22, 2014

Interco Plaza

Interco Plaza, located in the Downtown Neighborhood is 1 of 108 St. Louis parks.


The 0.71 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1977 and is just south of the Post-Dispatch and north of the St. Patrick Center (homeless services).

 St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

St. Patrick's Center

The park is right along the newly rebuilt Tucker Boulevard (12th Street) between Washington Avenue and the new Stan Span.

New street trees along Tucker

Today the park was being used exclusively by the homeless who let me know they didn't like my presence...what did I do?  Whatever.

The park is really just a concrete and paver surfaces in a varied pattern with patches of grass and a few trees.  There are cool looking stone benches and a monument dedicated to local politicians.



You can't help but think this plaza is a dead space, although it looks well maintained (e.g., someone paid for a sprinkler system for the turf).  The sad thing about this newly redone Tucker Blvd. north of Washington Ave. all the way to the bridge is the massive amount of surface parking lots and dead zones around the road.  It is not an urban corridor by any means and the only development so far is a typical suburban fast food drive through restaurant.  Hopefully we'll see that change in the near future, but Interco Plaza doesn't add much interest from the street or sidewalk.

The classics from our forefathers to the south and west of Interco Plaza are beautiful and have seen new life as they've been redone or converted to residential, retail, etc. in the past 20 years.







1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's not quite what it used to be:

http://stlexplorer.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/tucker-avenue-train-tunnel/