2016 is here and 2015 was filled with city changing projects. 2015 also seen some other changes such as street changes. Some of the things are bad what happened in 2015, such as the crime rise. This in turn drove people out of the city. Why is 2016 important for Saint Louis? Why am I looking forward to it?
2016 could be definitive for the downtown region in particular. Downtown's restaurants and shops are returning and this is spreading to the inner streets. However to make Downtown great in 2016, we should see another Phase of Ballpark Village to be announced mid-year in June or July. 2016 is also a definitive year because it is a gamble to build a new stadium for the Rams that may leave the city and take the NFL with it. This year could also be the year the Chemical building is recalled to life.
I'm looking forward to this year because I believe that with the developments of 2015, the city's population will slowly grow. Most of the Condos or Apartments in CWE are getting occupied and some are fully occupied but we need people that will make a commitment to the city and that is what I think we will see in 2016.
Happy New Year Everyone!
When I saw the small windows on this buildinging I though why would you pay a premium price to have a 2 floor downtown home with small windows like that? I also had a though about how ugly the building looks. The new extra large windows spruce up the outside of the building and make the little Windows look like hunk which they are. Below are images of the building on Christmas 2015.
Our city is in big trouble and I mean it. The rivers are cresting over and sandbags are not enough. As we see in Valley Park, it is a disaster. 2 Interstate highways are closed and one state highway is closed. River Des Pears is not doing t good. A lot of people live around that tributary built during F.D.R.'s time as President. It is deep but in cases like this, it wouldn't bother to add 5 or 6 feet on to the depth of the river. But in cases like this, I will hate to see how much the damages and how dirty the cities affected will look and cost. We will have to see.
I recently had the chance to take a visit to the Tower at ŌPOP. It is a symbol of Downtown Revival after the Recession of 2008. It has a interesting history behind it but the final project is one that is amazing. The building makes a statement in the Downtown Skyline if you look close. It is not monstrous, it is very human scale and that is great in a city where things are overwhelmingly large.
The Next Post will be the last of 2015 and will be a big one, a really big one. Get ready to read on Christmas because this is going to be like a book compared to what I normally write. A hint to this is that the story relates got real estate and a history and was written in partnership with a company.
This is a incredible landmark that was saved from demolition in 1960. The public had protests to save the building. It is truly a landmark for the city. It has been renovated into a government building, library, museum and a Webster University. This building reopened from a restoration in 2006 so it is really nice. It is one of those places that you have to explore to enjoy it. Whenever you get the chance, go visit it, you won't regret it.
Large Renovations turned this former abandoned building into Apartments and Webster University. It is a true gem in the city and one of the most beautiful. Residents have started moving in. The building is situated directly south from the Old Post Office and West of 720 Olive Street. The Webster University is supposed to open up in Early 2016. Webster University goes with the current Webster University in the Old Post Office.
it wouldve stood in the place of Lumiere Place and was truly more spectacular than the Lumiere Place. It would've cost $300 Million and would feature Condos, Marina, Hotel, Retail, Aquarium and of course gambling. It would've made the North area look better and instead we went with a very dumb development that was chosen by the cities corrupt leaders. The full vision of Lumiere Place was never realized and if The Donald's vision was built, it would've been built in full.
Downtown St Louis at night is truly something amazing. The side streets are peaceful and Washington Avenue West is hopping with people as Lumiere Place packs a crowd for gambling. Ballpark Village attracts people to the stadium area as 360 Rooftop bar show people the city skyline from a new perspective. People watch movies for entertainment and the bored drive the city. We have a nightlife but not a large scale one. And to improve safety, LED Lights are set to replace, starting now, all 3000 lights in downtown St. Louis for a betterexperience for all visitors and citizens. Even though Downtown has some crime, it is no where near as bad as other parts of the city. People don't realize that. We need to watch Washington Avenue. It is our main nightlife and we need to preserve it. If we preserve it, it can grow into a small Michigan Avenue, that I truly believe.
The building would have added more character to the Washington Avenue Loft District but it was never built. It was proposed in the mid first decade of 2000's. It was supposed to be built but the 2008 Recession put the breaks on the project and cancelled it. It would have been the 3rd over 20 floor residential building to be built during the time and the second new downtown residential tower after the Roberts Tower in over 50 years. Now it is fading away from the scene. No one talks about it anymore. This project is not the largest never built project. There were 3 others.
1. MW Tower- 1000ft, 90 floors
2. Mercantile Center- Mall, Hotel, Buildings ranging in height from 24 to 51 floors. (NOTE: Only one building was completed from this- the US Bank Building)
3. Bottle District- 630ft, 55 floors