Category Archives: Infrastructure

Loop Trolley Final Route

Here is the Loop Trolley Company’s report on the final route. Since the proposed line could be a stimulus to investment in the buildings and parcels facing the route, our readers might be interested. Will the trolley be a catalyst … Continue reading

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A “New” Brick Alley in Tower Grove South

by Michael R. Allen On Friday I participated in a mobile workshop on the South Grand business district that was part of the annual conference American Planning Association Missouri Chapter. The workshop started with a driving tour from the Chase … Continue reading

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Photographing the Changing Face of St. Louis

by Christina Carlson I recently had the opportunity to digitize several photographs for the Preservation Research Office spanning from the 1930s to the 1980s. The photos consisted primarily of pictures of historic buildings and other structures in St. Louis, but … Continue reading

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A Nostalgic Grand Avenue Bridge

by Michael R. Allen The new Grand Avenue viaduct over the Mill Creek Valley will be a decent and well-built piece of infrastructure. Replacing a streamlined structure from 1959, the new viaduct skips over its mid-century predecessor to appropriate elements … Continue reading

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Brick Alleys in the O’Fallon Neighborhood

As the Preservation Research Office team conducts its architectural survey of the O’Fallon neighborhood of north St. Louis, it has noted the presence of several intact historic brick alleys. Paved with “paver” bricks made by local manufacturers in the last … 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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St. Louis Place: Sidewalk Plaques and Brick Alleys

by Michael R. Allen Strengthening the historic setting of the St. Louis Place neighborhood’s dense core, now nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district by the Preservation Research Office, are remaining parts of the built … Continue reading

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The Harnessed Channel: How the River Des Peres Became a Sewer

by Michael R. Allen Versions of this article were published in Common Ground, Spring 2003 and the already-missed Creative St. Louis, March 2010. Along the southwest edge of the city of St. Louis, Missouri runs a six-mile curve of what … Continue reading

Posted in Forest Park, Infrastructure, South St. Louis | 6 Comments


by Michael R. Allen From its founding in 1857 — just a few days ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott Case — through 1950, Laclede Gas Company was named Laclede Gas Light Company. A few sidewalk … Continue reading

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Metro Funding Serves County’s Interest

by Michael R. Allen This week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch carried a commentary by NiNi Harris entitled “County residents should vote own interests”. Harris makes the case for St. Louis County voters’ approving the sales tax measure for Metro that … Continue reading

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