One of the first features of my series of They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To was this horribly settled section of concrete in Hermann. I am pleased to report that the concrete has been fixed, as you can… Continue Reading
St. Albans had some problems with roads washing out recently.
Bosley Estates is still looking a little rough around the edges…But, there has been some attempts at finishing, as Tyvek or one of its equivalent competitors had been installed on the side of the house. Unfortunately, they did not finish.
The new entry into downtown St. Louis, through the newly configured Tucker Boulevard from the Stan Musial Veterans’ Bridge, could be a great opportunity to spread urban development northward from downtown. St. Louis is hamstrung by having interstates, dead zones… Continue Reading
Something has been happening at the site of the abandoned Bosley Estates, but it is not the type of activity I would want. One of the houses’ back door was kicked in, and I can only imagine they have all… Continue Reading
I came across these burned out public housing buildings on the Near North Side. The vinyl siding is melted and collapsing off of the building. Why are they left like this? They look worse than many of the abandoned historic… Continue Reading
Update: Rebuilt with much of the same construction materials. I once read an article in the Washington Post years ago about how cities in the suburbs of Washington, DC were learning that non-brick construction allowed fires to spread quickly, and… Continue Reading
The Poplar Street Bridge was the last of the four great bridges over the Mississippi in downtown St. Louis, and the sixth to cross the river in the city limits. Like all of the bridges, it has its own distinct… Continue Reading
I came across this bizarre sight while on my survey of Hyde Park last weekend: a row of unfinished buildings lining a street cleared of all historic structures. All the houses are unfinished, unsecured, falling apart, and cheaply built, but… Continue Reading
Update: The concrete has been fixed, as of August 2019. I’m beginning a new series of posts highlighting the shoddy construction that pervades much of the contemporary environment around America. The first winner is the concrete approaches to a bridge… Continue Reading