Category Archives: Planning

What Does “Right Size” Mean for Historic Preservation?

by Michael R. Allen Last week I participated in two gatherings held consecutively in St. Louis’ kindred city, Philadelphia: the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, hosted by the Center for Community Progress, and the Right Size, Right Place Forum hosted by … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation, Philadelphia, Planning, Rightsizing | 10 Comments

Sustainable Land Lab Competition First Phase Submission Due December 10

Led by Washington University in St. Louis, the Sustainable Land Lab kicked off with an event on Friday, November 2 at the Contemporary Art Museum. (By the way, Ron Sims’ moving talk from the kick-off is now available on the … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, North St. Louis, Old North, Planning | 1 Comment

Out of Place Or Right At Home? Either Way, Allowable Under St. Louis’ Zoning Ordinance

by Michael R. Allen With change coming to the Sixth Ward aldermanic seat, perhaps it is timely to consider the new house at 2838-46 Lafayette Avenue in the Gate District. While the Gate District’s reconstruction has led to many new … Continue reading

Posted in Gate District, Planning, South St. Louis | 17 Comments

Thoughts on Citywide Preservation Review

by Michael R. Allen On Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article by reporter Tim Logan that raised the issue of the city’s lack of citywide demolition review. The article, which ran on the front page above the fold, … Continue reading

Posted in College Hill, North St. Louis, Planning, Preservation Board, South St. Louis, Southampton | 8 Comments

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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Mayor’s Budget Suggestions Include Planning Cut

by Michael R. Allen On January 18, Mayor Francis Slay released a list of budget changes he is suggesting to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to address this year’s shortfall. Neither any alderman or Comptroller Darlene Green released any … Continue reading

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Laclede Town Remembered

by Michael R. Allen Photograph from the Place and Memory Project. Byron Kerman altered me to the fact that Laclede Town now has its own page in the Space and Memory Project database. The abandoned vestige of Laclede Town stood … Continue reading

Posted in Midtown, Planning | 3 Comments

Edwardsville Residents Rally for Buildings Housing Small Businesses

by Michael R. Allen My coverage is a little late, but I wanted to give a shout out to the 50 people who demonstrated against demolition of historic commercial buildings last Friday in downtown Edwardsville. The Belleville News-Democrat (perhaps the … Continue reading

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St. Charles County Preserving Open Space

by Michael R. Allen A story from Saturday’s St. Charles County Journal, “Green acres: Couple donate land for park,” by Kalen Ponche, caught my eye. St. Charles County residents Dave and Mary Jane Wolk did not want their 67-acre property … Continue reading

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Can St. Louis Lure Small Businesses?

by Michael R. Allen This week New Geography published an interesting article by Steve Null entitled “New York City Closes Shop”. The article reports that under the anti-small business policies of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, over 83,000 small … Continue reading

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