Category Archives: Streets

The Last Full Moon Fiasco

by Michael R. Allen Henry Ziegenhein served as mayor of St. Louis from 1897 until 1901. He is best known for his quip to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1900 during his delay in signing a street lighting contract. With … Continue reading

Posted in Streets | 1 Comment

Kingshighway Needs a Crosswalk at Tower Grove Park

by Michael R. Allen In 1902, St. Louis Mayor Rolla Wells appointed a commission to make recommendations for establishing a circumferential boulevard. The commission, led by landscape architect George Kessler, delivered a report calling for a wide and well-landscaped road … Continue reading

Posted in Parks, South St. Louis, Southwest Garden, Streets | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Infrastructure, South St. Louis, Streets, Tower Grove South | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Infrastructure, North St. Louis, O'Fallon, Streets | 1 Comment

Vandeventer, Your Granite is Showing

by Michael R. Allen While heading north on Vandeventer Avenue today we spotted an open cut just south of Lindell Boulevard, in which workers were repairing pipes. The cross-section of street looked like this: One can easily see a layer … Continue reading

Posted in Midtown, Streets | 7 Comments

14th Street Mall: Almost History

Here’s the current view from St. Louis Avenue looking south down the two commercial blocks of 14th Street that once composed the “14th Street Mall.” Sidewalks nearly done: check. Street under construction: check. Reopening of 14th Street by the fall: … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation, North St. Louis, Old North, Streets | 7 Comments

16th Street: Open for Business

by Michael R. Allen Here is 16th Street looking south across Delmar Boulevard. This may seem a mundane site to serve as a subject for a short article, but it is noteworthy for one reason: the stupid gates that blocked … Continue reading

Posted in Downtown, Streets | Leave a comment

Street and Sidewalk Work Started on 14th Street

by Michael R. Allen Looking north on 14th Street from Warren Street.On Friday, after long-awaited approval from the Missouri Department of Transportation, street and sidewalk work began on the two blocks of 14th Street once known as the 14th Street … Continue reading

Posted in North St. Louis, Old North, Streets | 1 Comment

Vintage Streetcar Photographs Show Mid-Century St. Louis

This week St. Louisan extraordinaire Jeff Vines discovered an online cache of 120 photographs of St. Louis Public Service Company trolley cars taken between 1954 and 1961. A few photographs from the 1980s are included. The images of the cars … Continue reading

Posted in I-70 Removal, Mass Transit, Mid-Century Modern, Streets | Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Proposed Adams Grove Infill Project

by Michael R. Allen Alex Ihnen has reported the his St. Louis Urban Workshop blog that a substantial new scattered-site infill housing project is in the works for part of Forest Park Southeast. Specifically, the Regional Housing and Community Development … Continue reading

Posted in Forest Park Southeast, Housing, Streets | Leave a comment