Yesterday, the City of St. Louis Preservation Board had a good day. It gave preliminary approval to the big infill project at the long-vacant Praxair site in Lafayette Square. A first hearing was greeting largely by people in opposition. This time, neighborhood residents in favor of the plan spoke up.
we can imagine downtown St. Louis as the center of the region but must recognize that it is not. How we understand this should inform policy and planning decisions regarding transit, retail, development subsidies and more. That is, you simply can’t create development strategy without recognizing the unique position of downtown St. Louis.
While the votes for political office are generally quite anticlimactic in the City of St. Louis general election (having virtually been decided by the Democratic primary), the general is where ballot measures and propositions live and die. This year’s election seems to have driven turnout to a relatively high level.
Blight, tax abatement, eminent domain, and tax credits get a lot of attention in some parts of St. Louis City. In other parts, not so much. With the help of all-of-the-above and a dose of vision, a low-income residential project is set to rise on an acre-and-a-half of city-owned land in the 22nd Ward at the corner of Granville Place and Minerva Avenue.