Thursday, June 2, 2016

St. Louis City Talk Update

Holy crap, I'm edging toward one million page loads on this blog...never thought that'd happen. Anyhow, I've been pursuing the personal goals of writing for pleasure and promoting St. Louis as a great city to live/explore since 2008. I started making lists of public places and photographing, researching and writing about them one by one.

Neighborhoods, parks, libraries, fire houses, you name it, I like making lists and setting goals and sharing my findings with other like-minded people. The experience has been positive overall and I plan on continuing to write on this blog into the near future. It keeps me learning about my city and I never want to be stagnant when it comes to my opinions on St. Louis stuff.

So with that in mind, it feels like the right time to start updating some of the older blogs starting with the neighborhood posts. For instance, I looked back at my Gate District post from 2010 and think I could've done better. This is a part of the city that confused me when I lived farther away; I've since moved to a neighborhood just south of here about five years ago and have spent a lot more time in these parts. We routinely visit a couple friends who live here, my wife now works here, my kids use the St. Louis University track complex here, I've come to love shopping at Walter Knoll for all my landscaping needs and I didn't know Maya Angelou was born here back then. I guess what I'm trying to say is, my perspective has changed. I know more now and maybe I didn't give the Gate District a fair shake back in 2010. I at least have a more personal perspective.

One of the most fun things about a city is that it is constantly evolving, changing and reinventing itself in many ways. This keeps me curious and excited about a place I feel like I know pretty well, but constantly surprises me.

So while I'll be updating some content, I won't delete photos, because I like capturing the city in a particular time. But, I will update content including revised census data, updated park and library links and content related to new development/major demolitions.

And then I'll work on updating the blog to a proper website. I had scheduled a class at the community college in the suburbs to transfer the Blogger site to a website to give it a more modern feel; but life stuff got in the way and I had to cancel. So at this point, I will be seeking out a website design firm to make this thing look better, and if you have any advice on good web designers (in the city of course) I'd gladly accept them.

Anyhow, as far as updated blogs, I started with the Gate District for reasons previously stated; but, going forward I'll update the neighborhood posts in the order of most read, starting with the top ten:


I'll then follow up with some the neighborhoods that have changed the most (by my estimation) in the past five or ten years.  So thank you all for reading and following along the way. I am so grateful to have a hobby that keeps me intellectually stimulated and has brought new acquaintances and/or friendships into my life.

All the best,
Mark

5 comments:

Julie said...

Mark, I'm so excited to see updates coming. The Gate District is a perfect start since it's interested me a lot lately as many of my nightly walks go that way and it's in the middle of my short commute. Your blog helped me immensely when house hunting and helped me choose a city neighborhood. Now I learn about all those little details I might overlook.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see your updating. Your guides have been invaluable in our planning to move to the city.

Ryley said...

I point people to your guides all the time. This is wonderful news. Keep up the great work.

Timothy Thomas said...

Congratulations on the milestone of almost 1 million page loads! I love your neighborhood guides and always point them out to anyone who is interested in the city.

Anonymous said...

On the article of buildings in Hyde Park with photos, you were confused about a long narrow building, It was The Breman Theater. a dirty cheap Movie House, just right for the poor Germans living in the area. The Krey Packing house was the worst smell you could thinks of, if the wind blew toward your home or school you would gag it was so bad in the summer as you could hear the animals get killed blocks away and smell them.