A newspaper ad, a curious building and a couple clicks reveal a bit of McKinley Heights’ past and present. South Jefferson is brimming with potential. Image a streetcar line extending from South City to the NGA and beyond on the North Side.
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.
It can be an uphill battle to defend neighborhood historic codes and standards when the city doesn't enforce them and the local government doesn't advocate for an equitable solution for all parties. So, I sat down and talked to a couple neighbors who both happen to be talented architects to get the latest on a non-compliant site plan at the corner of Jefferson an Allen and talk alternatives that would work for all parties.
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.
McKinley Heights is a south central city neighborhood conveniently located to all things the city offers. The neighborhood is bound by Gravois Avenue to the south and east, Jefferson Avenue to the west and I-44 to the north. This neighborhood tour was originally published in October, 2009 with updates from September, 2019.