It’s hard to truly convey how much McRee Town, or Botanical Heights, as it’s known today, has changed over the last twenty years. Take the two houses above; they used to have third companion to the left, which was in… Continue Reading
We made it out too late to document the trailer park in Frontenac, which had once housed workers who had processed uranium for nuclear weapons for atomic weapons at Weldon Springs. I’m not being facetious when I say that this… Continue Reading
I want to take this opportunity to apologize to the builders of the three “green” houses on Montgomery Street in St. Louis Place. It turns out construction has picked back up again and was not in fact abandoned forever.
They sure do stack ’em high, as sometimes contributor to this website, Jeff Phillips, once famously said back when we were in college.
Twenty years ago, when I would spend time in my friend’s family restaurant, the Majestic, I would have never imagined the way in which the Central West End south of Lindell would have been transformed in the last ten years.… Continue Reading
John Fremont was apparently the first Republican candidate for president (he obviously lost, since Abraham Lincoln was the party’s first successful candidate for that national office). It is not surprising, with the strong German abolitionist population in St. Louis, that… Continue Reading
Starting at Ohio’s intersection with Gravois and Lynch, we head south, looking at the east side of the street, where there is the famous “One Night Stand” karaoke bar. It had been closed for a little while, with the whole… Continue Reading
It’s one of the laziest statements to make, but Magnolia Avenue traveling eastbound from Tower Grove East into Fox Park really is a study in contrasts. Take the Italianate rowhouses above: they are old; probably dating to the 1870s, and… Continue Reading
It’s hard to explain, but all of central Peoria to the northwest of downtown but below the bluffs has at some point been completely annihilated by urban renewal and replaced by public housing and in-fill. It is very bizarre. Other… Continue Reading
I looked at some of the industrial areas under the bridges and viaducts that cross over the Mill Creek Valley and its extensions west previously. Now we will look at some redevelopment around Grand Boulevard. Some of the buildings that… Continue Reading