There continues to be a lot of infill development being proposed all over the city. October's proposals caught my eye because they are in my neck of the woods. I visited each site in Benton Park, Compton Heights, Lafayette Square and McKinley Heights to check out the scene and hopefully get some final photos of empty lots that will soon have foundations being dug.
The vast majority of this park is really just grass from the outfields of both fields.
The exception is the southeastern section which is quite shaded with nice large and newly planted trees. This section of the park has swings and a playground and a building with storage and bathrooms. It was locked
This part of the park looks used and with a little more hard work could become a real asset to the neighborhood. The curb appeal of the park would improve by with more hardscape to define the space around the center planting and provide some structure and curb appeal.
The southern section of the park is a blank slate...literally just a mowed field of grass/weeds and a couple random trees. There was a recent bump out along the sidewalk for a water fountain that does not work or is not turned on, but it looks nice.
In many ways, this is St. Louis' other Soulard or LaSalle; but it's much more diverse in housing styles and dining options. First of all, the neighborhood is quite different north and south of Arsenal. The south side is bordered by Cherokee, so there are lots of shops and smaller homes along antique row. This area has plenty of rehab opportunities, but for the most part it is still in tact (original homes existing on most of the streets); whereas, north of Arsenal has some more cozy streets, more expensive homes, more diverse architecture and businesses, but there are a lot of empty lots. There are many, many opportunities for good infill within Benton Park.