Category Archives: Gravois Park

Foreclosures and Demolition in Gravois Park

by Michael R. Allen Vacant lots silently are starting to multiply on the city’s “state streets,” especially in parts of Gravois Park and Dutchtown between promising business districts on Cherokee Street and Meramec Avenue. Even worse are the innumerable signs … Continue reading

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Cherokee Street Decorated for the Holidays, 1940s

by Michael R. Allen These two photographs from our collection show two eastward views from the late 1940s down Cherokee Street around Christmas time. Amid the wreaths decorating street lights are an array of shoppers and so many projecting store … Continue reading

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Brick Alley Restoration Underway in Gravois Park

by Michael R. Allen Recently I wrote about two lovely intact brick alleys in the St. Louis Place neighborhood on the north side (see “St. Louis Place: Sidewalk Plaques and Brick Alleys”, February 11). After publishing that post, I learned … Continue reading

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1950s Parade Scene, Cherokee at Compton

by Michael R. Allen In November, we acquired a collection of 209 black and white amateur photographs taken in and around St. Louis between 1930 and 1980. Most of the photographs are from the 1950s and a large number feature … Continue reading

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Chickens in South City

by Michael R. Allen Sparing readers of chickens coming home platitudes, I will state that there are a lot of chickens in St. Louis city these days. Urban agriculture in the city is becoming more diversified, and many backyard farmers … Continue reading

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A Positive Outcome on South Grand

by Michael R. Allen Both sides of South Grand Avenue between Winnebago and Chippewa Avenues are much improved due to the diligence of concerned citizens taking effective action. Above is a photograph of the Grand South Senior Apartments at the … Continue reading

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Storefront Additions: Two Inserted Fronts

by Michael R. Allen All across the city are examples of residential buildings adapted to later commercial use. As neighborhoods changed, so did uses. In early 19th century walking neighborhoods, commercial uses needed to be abundant to serve residents who … Continue reading

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What Does the Mayor Think About McDonald’s?

by Michael R. Allen At yesterday’s zoning appeal hearing for Pyramid’s McDonald’s relocation project (read more at Urban Review), items introduced into evidence was a purported letter from Mayor Francis Slay supporting the relocation. One of the people who spoke … Continue reading

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