New Target Coming to the Mill Creek Valley

I’m sure readers have heard about proposed Target going in on the east side of Grand Boulevard just north of Chouteau Avenue. This has long been an industrial area, and the site of quarries.

Irv Shankman, Dorrill Studio, Dismantling of the Road Deck, Grand Viaduct, April 1960, Missouri History Museum, N37249

As can be seen in the above photograph and in the fire insurance map below, it was the central-west portion of the Mill Creek Valley (there’s actually a massive sewer underneath the train tracks and vacant lots through here), and the area was always sort of a dirty, grungy part of the city.

Whipple’s fire insurance map of St. Louis, Mo. Volume 5,1896. Plate 276.

So the question I pose is this: do we spend money developing land that was never really a thriving part of the city, or do we spend money stabilizing and saving neighborhoods that are on the brink of collapsing?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Brooke Petryka says:

    Is the Target going in where the old St Mary’s Hospital was?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      No, this is much further to the west, at the intersection of Grand and Chouteau. St. Mary’s Hospital was at 18th and Chouteau.

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