The relative density of these projects, large and small, fits well in the historic scale of much of the city. Townhomes present a so-called gentle density, adding more residents to the city without introducing large apartment buildings. And the economics are smart for the city as well, as property tax revenue per acre is significantly greater with townhomes than single-family dwellings.
If you like videos of St. Louis, you’ve likely heard of Grain, Inc. Their film “Here is St. Louis” garnered a lot of well-deserved attention back in 2012. A follow-up “Here is St. Louis Two” the next year was worth watching and sharing as well. Now, Grain is turning its attention to the city’s neighborhoods.
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.