Old Concordia Theological Seminary

One hundred years ago, it must have been something to travel down South Jefferson, and come across what amounted to a veritable acropolis of German Lutheran society. The Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran School of Nursing, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Concordia Publishing,… Continue Reading


Bohemian Hill, In Transition

Last week, I went to the grand opening of the new Fields Foods grocery store, which sits in the remnants of the Bohemian Hill neighborhood.  Sliced, diced and demolished into a shadow of itself over the last seventy years, the… Continue Reading


Fourth Street, Burlington, Iowa

I walked through an alley down by the railyards, and came back up Fourth Street, which is what I would call the secondary main street of downtown Burlington. There are surprisingly few vacant lots or parking lots; most of the… Continue Reading