Part 3 - How surface parking lots become common place along St. Louis' busiest streets in historic neighborhoods

Part 3 - How surface parking lots become common place along St. Louis' busiest streets in historic neighborhoods

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.

Traffic Calming Efforts in South City - Prioritizes People Over Cars

Traffic Calming Efforts in South City - Prioritizes People Over Cars

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.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Infrastructure - Worth the Investment?

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Infrastructure - Worth the Investment?

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.

Chouteau Greenway - Stoss Landscape Urbanism Chosen as Design Team

Chouteau Greenway - Stoss Landscape Urbanism Chosen as Design Team

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.

Robert Quine and His St. Louis Connection

Robert Quine and His St. Louis Connection

I stumbled into another fascinating mystery relating to my two favorite topics in life: Rock and Roll and St. Louis. What started with a Valentine's Day present turned into a long research phase relating to guitartist Robert Quine and his connection to St. Louis and some of the best rock records ever made. This story culminates with an interview with one of Quine's lifelong friends who met in St. Louis while attending Washington University. Kind readers, I was giddy doing the research for this blog. I realize only a small handful of people know this music, but it means everything to me and having a St. Louis connection is a lovely bonus.

Citizen Defense of Historic Codes at Prominent Corner in McKinley Heights

Citizen Defense of Historic Codes at Prominent Corner in McKinley Heights

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.