Month: November 2010

Neighborhood Retrofitting: Making Place Matter [guest post]

Here is another gem from my dear friend Alex, about her experience in St. Louis.  Enjoy! In my first post I extolled the City Museum, a hyper expression of St. Louis’s past and its potential. The city itself is likewise defined, at least in part, by what it was and what it could be.  Old North St. Louis, an historical neighborhood north of downtown, is steadily overcoming the severe disinvestment it experienced in the past. There, the devoted and competent Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has been orchestrating the transition. I had the opportunity to intern at the Restoration Group this past summer, and I wanted to introduce this impressive CDC and share a few of my thoughts. To set the scene, here are some before and after photos for your ogling pleasure. These photos show Crown Square, the Restoration Group’s stunning, recently completed $35 million rehabilitation of 27 buildings on what was formerly the 14th Street Pedestrian Mall. All of the photos in this post are courtesy of the Restoration Group. You can …