I never thought Chesterfield Mall would join the ranks of Crumby Run-Down Malls of St. Louis. But it has, and despite surviving the Great Recession, was done in by the two new outlet malls further west. I used to love… Continue Reading
Did you ever have a friend who went through a rough patch, and then when they finally moved past that hardship, they just never were the same anymore? That’s sort of what I feel like when I look at Northwest… Continue Reading
There’s not much left to say about the demolition of Crestwood Mall; we have not learned from our past, and will continue to make the same mistakes. Plan on Gravois Bluffs being demolished forty or fifty years from now. Trust… Continue Reading
Crestwood Mall is disappearing, but the recent demolition of the “front” of the mall, built in 1984 opposite the original strip mall shops, has reappeared, temporarily. Most fascinating to me, the curved original facade of the Sears, one of the… Continue Reading
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
The demolition of the old Crestwood Mall, and in particular its Stix, Baer and Fuller store, is accelerating as external evidence has appeared of interior demolition. The parking structure is long gone, and now the pavilion restaurant, once a hallmark… Continue Reading
Waterlooo, Iowa is a textbook example of how cities have purposely sabotaged themselves through an unquestioning belief in the suburbanization of America. The city once had a thriving downtown, anchored by Black’s Department Store, but in a fit of stupidity,… Continue Reading
Obviously there’s a huge amount of work going on inside Crestwood Plaza, but the parking garage for the old Stix, Baer and Fuller is coming down slowly. Stylistically, the Stix, later Dillard’s department store was the most aesthetically pleasing, but… Continue Reading
The Railway Exchange in October 2015 is largely vacant.