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Bismarck Street and Bad Planning

I love how Bismarck Street (now long gone due to urban renewal on the south riverfront in the 1960’s) starts and stops thirty feet from its two ends. I know growing up, I assumed the City laid out all of the streets in a careful, Euclidian way, but in reality, just like modern suburban subdivisions, most of the streets in the city of St. Louis were laid out by private developers. In this case, it obviously suited the developer to put the orientation of Bismarck in a totally different place than the previous developer to the north. He also felt that Lyons Street should start at an alley as well.

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