This most exciting project is transit oriented development in the purest sense. The DeBaliviere Place and Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhoods, as well as the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Metro stop will be a place to live as opposed to park.
Skinker DeBaliviere and DeBaliviere Place continue to become more dense, with infill taking place on long-vacant empty lots. It’s great to see more development in this bustling part of town, now I wonder if there will be desire to open up the streets and make the neighborhood more functional and efficient to get around.
The city has been unsuccessful in developing and enforcing rules on new construction. This lack of vision has led to scads of suburban sites that have chipped away at the fabric of our city. This has been taking place for years, here's an example of the people fighting back against one such plan back in 1970's Skinker-DeBaliviere.
Last year, there was a mixed use proposal for the northwest corner of Skinker and Delmar, this year there is one for the southeast corner. Both would be higher uses at an important entry to the Loop. The Skinker/Debaliviere neighborhood would be more whole with this project and the size matches the existing buildings in the area. A favorite announcement in 2017, for sure.
This is a small pocket park that kind of serves as the "town square" of a small 1980's development that has a very unique, kind of Disney or movie-set feel. It is not typical St. Louis, but I imagine it has an appeal for folks just wanting privacy and a sense of insular seclusion.
The park had the feel of somewhere you shouldn't be if you don't live in the surrounding Kingsbury Place homes. I got weird looks from the 2 families that were there. It's surely not a destination place, but it is a really nice and almost charming place if not a wee bit contrived. The park feels private not public which I believe is the intent of this part of town. In fact, you won't find the typical city park signage with brown wood with white etched lettering here.
The park is located near Hamilton and Westminster and is pretty hard to find and even harder to get to because of the crazy dead ends, one ways, bollards, etc that make navigating this neighborhood a puzzling maze.
Anyhow, I jumped a few curbs and finally found this park which is nothing more than a small playground and football field complete with 2 field goals.
This is one of the greatest neighborhoods in St. Louis. Why? Well, it abuts Forest Park one of America's greatest urban parks. Then you have the mansions along Lindell Boulevard. The Metrolink blue line stops here with an underground stop at Forest Park Parkway and Skinker. The East Loop is on your doorstep as is the Washington University Danforth Campus. It's really a beautiful, very urban, walkable neighborhood. There's a lot to like here. And with the news of a potential grocery/farmer's market right by the Delmar Metrolink stop on the red line (technically in the West End neighborhood), the sky is the limit for Skinky-D. This is one of the St. Louis neighborhoods that make you feel like you're in a big city. There are scooters, bikers, walkers everywhere. It's a vibrant place. There is a small branch of the St. Louis Public Library right along Skinker (note the bike rack).