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Delmar DeBaliviere FBD FAQ

2 days ago

The Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council (SDCC) will vote this month on the issue of supporting the Delmar Form-Based District. The council’s support (or lack thereof) will most likely determine whether the city adopts the FBD. In November, SDCC discussed the Delmar FBD and held a lengthy debate. As a result, the Delmar FBD steering committee […]

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Tony Nipert

A Letter in Support of the Delmar Form Based District

2 weeks 5 days ago

Today, the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council will vote on whether to support the Delmar Form Based District. Planning efforts for the neighborhood have been underway for roughly a decade. This has resulted in a comprehensive neighborhood plan, a transit-oriented development plan, and a traffic study plan. The Delmar FBD is essential for neighborhood planning as […]

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Tony Nipert

What Should Be: Rail Infrastructure in St. Louis

1 month ago

A Rich History and an Underwhelming Present Once the center of an expansive American railroad system, St. Louis’s Union Station held the title of North America’s largest train station for decades during its height in the early-to-mid-1900s. Reported to average 100,000 daily passengers at times, the station’s colossal popularity was undermined by that of the […]

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Elek Borrelli

Union at the Grove Wrapping Up

1 month 1 week ago

Green Street sent out a press release announcing their ribbon cutting on November 10th in Adams Park at 10 am for Union at the Grove in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Here are photos of the development taken October 16th. NextSTL – Union at the Grove breaks ground NextSTL – Heal The Grid – A Forest […]

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Richard Bose

Cherokee Street announces major upgrades to Love Bank Park

1 month 1 week ago

A small community-built park at the Northeast corner of Cherokee Street and Nebraska in South St. Louis, known as “Love Bank Park”, is slated to receive major upgrades in 2023. After seven years of planning, gathering community input, and applying for grants, the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District (CID) has announced plans to break ground […]

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Jason Deem

Legislation and Programs Key to Success For Reckless Driving

1 month 1 week ago

In our cities today, we see too many reckless drivers that lack car insurance, do not possess a valid driver’s license, and/or drive with expired registration. Illegal driving with no consequences needs to end. Design strategies, such as complete streets, road diets, curb extensions, and other traffic calming elements help to create bike and pedestrian […]

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Rachel Witt

McKinley Heights 18 Apartments Planned

1 month 1 week ago

The Beulah Company is planning to build four new buildings at 1812-1820 Geyer in the McKinley Heights neighborhood. Three of the buildings contain 4 two-story units and one building has six two-story units. This is a configuration not seen often (if ever?) in the region. Two stacked two-story apartments. The lower unit is accessed via […]

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Richard Bose

“Just Do It” on South Grand

1 month 4 weeks ago

Outrage at traffic violence is boiling over in St. Louis. A century of social engineering to coerce more and more driving has left as long a path of collateral damage. A combination of faster, heavier, hard-to-see-out-of poorly designed cars, poorly designed streets, a poorly designed regional transportation system, bad land use policy, distracted driving, and […]

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Richard Bose

Construction Photo Roundup Oct 2022

2 months ago

Construction continues in full swing at many job sites big and small. Below is a sampling. 1014 Spruce – the Spruce Street Apartments by Balboa Real Estate Partners 148 apartments. Just getting started. (Opus is no longer involved.) NextSTL – Opus’ 1014 Spruce going before LCRA board 701 S Broadway – Once home to Beale on Broadway, will […]

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Richard Bose

Revisiting the Gateway Mall Master Plan and Reimagining Peabody Plaza

2 months ago

In 2009 the City of St. Louis released a plan to transform St. Louis’ Gateway Mall–the urban greenspace that now runs from the Gateway Arch west to 20th Street.  The Gateway Mall, as it exists today, is the legacy of numerous plans and measures that date back to the City’s comprehensive plan of 1907 and […]

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Mike Mccubbins

DeSales Community Development plans Benton Park Place at Jefferson and Arsenal

2 months ago

DeSales Community Development announced this week the submission to the Missouri Housing Development Corporation of an application for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to help cover some of the cost to build a new apartment building at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Arsenal in the Benton Park West neighborhood. The proposed building would have 49 […]

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Richard Bose

Moving Forward Part 2: Personal Accountability – Traffic Enforcement for Safer Streets

2 months 1 week ago

Another person has died while walking* or biking on St. Louis streets. On September 6th, another person was struck and killed by a driver while biking in St. Louis. In this latest crash, a driver illegally entered the painted bike lane to pass another vehicle along Grand Ave near Magnolia Street, hitting and killing someone […]

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Sam McCrory

Renderings of proposed QuikTrip at Grand and Lafayette

2 months 2 weeks ago

Here are renderings or the QuikTrip proposed for Grand and Lafayette in the Tiffany neighborhood. They are consistent with the site plan published here last month. Since a zoning-only building permit application was submitted to the city in May, zoning variances have not appeared on a Board of Adjustment agenda yet, nor the demolition of 3616 McRee […]

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Richard Bose

SLDC Releases Roadmap to Economic Justice with $250M already earmarked

2 months 2 weeks ago

On April 25, the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) released its “Roadmap to Economic Justice” plan. In the days preceding the publication of the plan, Mayor Jones announced a commitment of $150 million in ARPA funds to North St. Louis while another $96 million has already been planned for the predominantly Black northside. The plan […]

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Tony Nipert

The Flats at Forest Park, 490 N Kingshighway Making Progress

2 months 3 weeks ago

There are some signs of progress for The Flats at Forest Park, a $35M, 119-unit high-end apartment building by Pier Property Group of Steelcote fame. A $300k building permit application was submitted for interior selective demo for the building at 490 N Kingshighway at McPherson, formerly Reliance Automotive, in the Central West End neighborhood. Also, […]

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Richard Bose

Moving Forward – A Series on Reducing Traffic Violence in St. Louis – Part 1: Redesigning Our City

3 months ago

Over the last month, five people have been hit and killed while walking on St. Louis streets. Two hit and run fatalities along Grand Ave (one on S. Grand, and another on N. Grand), a fatality along Hall Street, another on Martin Luther King, and the fatality of a 17-year old on Chippewa. These tragedies […]

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Sam McCrory

Bollards at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway Needed

3 months 1 week ago

It’s time for bollards at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway. Jaydrivers simply cannot keep their vehicles between the curbs. I’ve seen car debris on all four corners of the intersection. The street lights and utility bits have done their best to blunt them, but something stronger is needed. Certainly there are numerous similar intersections in […]

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Richard Bose