The brick in Princeton Heights glows in the late afternoon sun. Again, even this far to the southwest of downtown, the city is still walkable, urban and valuable.
Kingshighway, the busiest traffic artery in St. Louis, comes to a rather anticlimactic end at a group of beautiful buildings on Gravois Avenue. But again, occupancy is good, and there is an interesting mix of building stock. There’s this cool… Continue Reading
Gravois Avenue tries to keep its urban character right up to the city limits, but the Missouri Department of Transport has done its best to make this stretch of historic buildings about as inhospitable to human beings as possible. It’s… Continue Reading
Schollmeyer Avenue bends around and connects with Loughborough Avenue, a major artery in Southwest St. Louis. The right-of-way looks huge! The houses are set way back with their front mound far back from the street. There are some great four-family… Continue Reading
These Second Empire beauties continue to sit vacant, owned by slumlords “who are doing their best to fix them up–lay off.” Right. Now, the one on the end was struck by arson, and only saved by the bravery of firefighters.… Continue Reading
Northeastern Iowa along the Cedar River is interesting; the whole area is dominated by the river valley. There is still a railroad through the town and a grain elevator. I was impressed by the Roman Catholic Church in town, St.… 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
What was this little building originally? There were packing houses in the neighborhood, and there is a wing that comes off to the right. It’s a little church, now.