There used to be beautiful houses on the south side of Lafayette Avenue. Now it is all gone, replaced by speeding cars.
I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Sitting on the edge of the city line, Grandview Place is a short street, now truncated by the interstate, that once was probably a quiet streetcar suburban destination. To the east, the residents could probably see the black cloud of… Continue Reading
The permanent damage wrought on the City of St. Louis can no better be shown than standing on the Clayton Avenue overpass, where the roar of the interstate is deafening. Dead Man’s Curve, as I call it, is a perfect… Continue Reading
I spotted this sad little street, with no vacant houses, from the interstate one day in Dutchtown. Squished up against a dilapidated chain link fence, probably dating the from the 1950s, this section of Dakota and Oregon Avenue shows how… Continue Reading
Soulard and Benton park are similar in many ways; really they’re only separate because of the interstate. No more is that obvious than in the three or four quiet blocks of technically Soulard that sit south of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.… Continue Reading
Back in July, I looked at the well-preserved section of Frenchtown west of Soulard Market. I thought I would experience what is was like to take the 500 foot walk to the market from the neighborhood. This factory, now renovated… Continue Reading
Construction of the new “Lid” over I-44 in front of the Arch resulted in back-ups on the approaches to the Poplar Street Bridge on July 12. What a terrible design.
I’m continually intrigued by the houses and buildings that lean right up against I-55 in the Dutchtown area. There are houses that nowadays would never be allowed to stand so close to the right-of-way; in fact, some houses literally do… Continue Reading