I recently took a scooter ride down Martin Luther King Avenue from Downtown to the St. Louis border with Wellston, MO. The ride yielded 165 photos documenting this time and place in some struggling areas of our city. Some light discussion and photos of this important east-west street that forms a border for seventeen separate neighborhoods.
Always a fan of trying to contextualize the current with the past St. Louis, my wife bought me a fantastic book that helps with the “then” variable in the “then and now” equation. The book and how it came about has a fascinating backstory. The content was saved from the landfill by several parties over the years.
Part 3 of the story that evolved at the corner of Jefferson and Ann in the McKinley Heights Neighborhood. Ever wonder how a surface parking lot fronting the streets with a building in the back gets through the city review boards? Here it is. Next step is to push for some transparency on the review process and how citizens can be best prepared to make their case to protect our city’s built environment and better urban design.
OMG, St. Louis is prioritizing people over cars in some of the South City neighborhoods including Compton Heights, Fox Park, Gate District, Tower Grove East and Tower Grove South. Can you believe we are actually headed in the right direction in parts of our fair city? Some quick thoughts on the traffic calming efforts we noticed recently.
We recently gave St. Louis’ national retail declines some thought, now we’re on to discussion of grocery stores. This situation is not as dire, and the future may have indicators of better sites. Yet, the uncertainty in the market could hold some future apprehension for a couple of our grocery chains.
Curb appeal has been on my mind now that the weather is nice and the dogs are getting walked more often. What are the variables in the equation that makes up something as subjective as “curb appeal”. It’s complicated for sure, but our sidewalk and lack of street tree issues might just top the list. Some quick thoughts and examples from my neck of the woods.
The design and architecture firm to lead us toward the future of a fully realized Chouteau Greenway was chosen this week. Here are some quick thoughts and high-level considerations given to the jury report and strengths/weaknesses discussed. Well done Great Rivers Greenway! This city is doing things right an headed in the right direction.