The Beginning of Boone’s Lick Road

Where has this monument been hiding? It was dedicated in the 1970s, but I guess the recent renovations of the Gateway Mall has made it more obvious? There is another monument out in Dardenne Prairie.

Westland Acres

Update: The sale of the property mentioned in this post did not happen, but individual parcels are still for sale. Due to an eagle-eyed reader, I learned recently that the historic freedmen’s settlement of Westland Acres recently sold for a substantial amount of money. Inhabited by the descendants of freed slaves for generations, I suspect…

Crestwood Executive Office Building

There are still remnants of the economic powerhouse that was once Crestwood Mall, such as the office building and strip mall across Watson Road, former Route 66, from the now vacant lot.

Old Kingshighway

A long time ago, Kingshighway went straight north, and then doglegged right in front of Barnes Hospital, before turning right in front of Forest Park (did you know technically there are a couple of acres of Forest Park east of the current curved alignment to this day?). When Highway 40 was built, that giant cloverleaf…

Tree Lined Roads, Palestrina, Italy

Sorry about the bad picture, but I was just thinking about this: in America, these trees would be toast, cut down and burned or thrown into a shredder so the road could be widened and people could speed recklessly. But in Italy, on this busy road leading up to the beautiful suburb of Palestrina in…

Bellerive Park, Revisited at Sunset

Update: See Sister Marie Charles Park down below this park in 2020. The view from Bellerive Park, which I visited back in 2009, continues to provide one of the most enjoyable and easily accessible location to view the Mississippi River. It looks like there is a sunken barge in the middle of the river on…

Forest Park Parkway

Once described as an old-fashioned interstate, Forest Park Parkway seems almost an afterthought after the construction of Interstate Highway System. Its curves cut through Forest Park, before ending unceremoniously at I-170. The century old bridges that carry surface streets over it are coming to the end of their lives.

Early Italian Adaptive Reuse

Out the Appian Way, just beyond the city walls of Rome to the south, is the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, one of many monuments that line the road outside of the city. What is fascinating about this particular tomb is that it was re-appropriated by the Caetani family and turned into their own fortress. The…

Travels in Italy

I was in Italy last week, and I made it to some new places, and some old favorites, such as the Tomb of Cecilia Metella above, along the Via Appia south of Rome, or the colossal portrait bust of the Emperor Constantine below. I also was in Urbino, which is famous for its massive Renaissance…