A new building has been proposed for the Cupples Warehouse complex. Cupples X is the new developmts name and by the looks of things will add some life to the area around Busch Stadium. This project will be built on surface lots. Maybe this will lead to infill projects like this throughout downtown. Or maybe the next phase of ballpark village. Make what you will of it, I like the idea of it.
I had the chance to visit The Streets of St. Charles and it is growing. The district is one that could be a Ballpark Village IF it was smaller. Currently, 5 new buildings are in the Works. 1. A Drury Hotel, 2. A office building. 3. PF Changs, 4. Pieology, and 5. A Wood Grill Restaurant. The development is along 5th Street and i70. It's main North/South street in the development is Beale Street. It has residential and office as well as a AMC Movie Theater. It has everything you will need to live work and play in one place. This is truly the new downtown St. Charles. By time the development is fully built out, all retail parcels and street side shops will be occupied and a district will be complete.
This neighborhood is good for old architecture and little eateries. The most famous one by far is Gus' pretzel shop. The neighborhood is just west from the Anheuser Busch Brewery. If you have the chance to visit this neighborhood on a nice sunny, weekend day, it would be good to do. Just don't come by at night, it would be better if you didn't. Some reasons why not to come down at night...
1. Robberies are common.
2. Drunks have lots of road rage
3. Hobos ask for money a lot
Saint Louis has a estimated population currently at 316,000. This is a insult to the city. This decrease will lead to other issues that in the end will create more problems for the city. Our city government is letting us down. When will they learn that having jokes in office don't work? They never will. 2021 will be a important year in our city's history. I have plans for then, and for those of you who understand the City system, you should know what 2021 is.
How great is this. Most of the other abandoned buildings in Downtown are all under contract or purchased with work to begin soon. The only abandoned building complex left in Downtown St. Louis is the Millennium Hotel building, and the only abandoned building besides that is the Mercantile Exchange Building. I can see in the near future the Millenium Hotel Building and Mercantile Exchange Building be redeveloped. Once all of these are all occupied, new construction will begin and that construction should begin on the large surface parking lots in downtown. But, our city is still far away from being made great again. Below is the story from NextSTL.
If you haven't noticed by now, I am beginning to include other cities in stories. Stories will appear if I go to these places and take pictures. These pictures will then be added to stories. By time the Midwest is complete, the following cities will be in the list.
1. St. Louis, Missouri
2. Kansas City, Missouri
3. Chicago, Illinois
These cities will be coming soon. By summer 2016, I promise, they will be done. Other special stories will be from the Northeast and Southeast, but cities have not been chosen yet.
I am sad to announce that KC Week is over. The stories I put up were things that I visited. Thanks for the support this week!
Believe it or not, KC does not have any kind of rail system like us. However this one is really unique. This system is a streetcar. It is a starter line that will run from Crown Center to City Market (Which Makes a Loop) before heading back down Main Street (The Main Avenue the systems runs on). The line is about 2.2 miles long. Plans are being drawn up for a future expansion down to Country Club Plaza. The line has also been built to bring more development into Downtown KC. These developments that the city is hoping for are ones that can change skyline and fill in surface parking lots to fill in the Downtown Region. The Streetcar System opens tomorrow. Below are images I took during the streetcar's station constriction at Union Station. You can check out the systems website for more information at kcstreetcar.org
This is something new and big. The Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts is now a true Downtown KC Gem. With its unique architecture design, it's hard to miss when looking at Downtown from the Crown Center Complex. It adds a sense of flashiness to the air in KC when you see it. It has two separate auditorium areas named Muriel Kauffman Theater and Helzberg Hall. Muriel Kauffman Theather is where concerts and shows can take place in a theater with a capacity of 1800. Helzberg Hall is where the Kansas City Symphony performs. The capacity of this room is 1600. Both of these venues don't hold many people however, when looking at pictures of the halls, it doesn't matter how many people you can fit, it's the design and experience that counts and believe me, that's everything.
Hallmark is known for Cards, but what about its huge complex surrounding its HQ? That is what Crown Center is. It is hard not to notice it since it drops in huge 40 and 30 floor buildings just South of Downtown KC. It lies along Main Street and Grand Boulevard. However, this area is one that is more family friendly than the other areas of the city, Attractions here include multiple theaters, Crown Center Mall, Hallmark Cards tour, The Aquarium, and Legoland Discovery Center. This area is also home to KC's Union Station. This region is also home to the tallest hotel in Missouri. The 40 floor Sheraton at Crown Center (formerly Hyatt Regency). This area is one that should not be overlooked when you travel to KC. Another cool thing about this area is that all the buildings are connected VIA sky bridge called The Link.