Eminent Domain Midtown

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In today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Eminent domain takes life’s work

Our correspondent says:

This is yet another example of upper class condescension towards those who make up the true fabric of our nation. It reminds me of what is currently in the works for a twenty- building stretch of neighborhood along Loughborough Avenue, adjacent to Carondalet Park. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, it is not a depressed sector of the city. On the contrary, the homes are beautiful, stable and well-kept. Yet all twenty homes will soon face the wrecking ball to make way for a strip-mall. Right across from one of the city’s finest parks. Won’t that be lovely?
But back to the original subject…

The Post article stated “Grand Center’s vision has the area becoming the ‘cultural soul’ of the city, a residential and commercial district that will rival the Delmar Loop and Central West End.” Is that truly what St. Louis needs? Another Loop? Another CWE? It seems like the vision here is for an eventual Great Corridor of Merchandise- A miles-long strip mall stretching from the disco meat markets of Washington Avenue all the way to Clayton. Petit-Bourgeouis playpen, anyone?

I for one would rather know that there’s a well-established independent auto-shop close by.

– jason wallace triefenbach