Many of my longtime readers probably know by now that major arteries such as Gravois or North Florissant were widened due to a bond issue passed by voters back in the first decades of the Twentieth Century. Amazingly, Gravois Avenue… Continue Reading
I imagine everyone in the St. Louis region, and perhaps even some outside, heard about the breakage of the 30 inch cast iron water main under Lindell Boulevard, just east of Union Boulevard where Park Road cuts off for a… Continue Reading
Where has this monument been hiding? It was dedicated in the 1970s, but I guess the recent renovations of the Gateway Mall has made it more obvious? There is another monument out in Cottleville.
Due to an eagle-eyed reader, I learned recently that the historic freedmen’s settlement of Westland Acres recently sold for a substantial amount of money. Inhabited by the descendants of freed slaves for generations, I suspect that property tax pressures finally… Continue Reading
There are still remnants of the economic powerhouse that was once Crestwood Mall, such as the office building and strip mall across Watson Road, former Route 66, from the now vacant lot.
Sorry about the bad picture, but I was just thinking about this: in America, these trees would be toast, cut down and burned or thrown into a shredder so the road could be widened and people could speed recklessly. But… Continue Reading
Update: See the beginning of Boone’s Lick Road in downtown St. Louis here.
The view from Bellerive Park, which I visited back in 2009, continues to provide one of the most enjoyable and easily accessible location to view the Mississippi River. It looks like there is a sunken barge in the middle… Continue Reading
Once described as an old-fashioned interstate, Forest Park Parkway seems almost an afterthought after the construction of Interstate Highway System. Its curves cut through Forest Park, before ending unceremoniously at I-170. The century old bridges that carry surface streets over… Continue Reading
I continued on Lincoln Trail westbound, and the signs started saying St. Clair Avenue; I figured that the road must continue all the way to East St. Louis. I passed the standard signs of late Twentieth Century abandonment: the destroyed… Continue Reading