Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis

I’m excited to announce that the Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis which I began a year ago for Arcadia Publishing has arrived locally at Barnes and Noble Book Stores, The Book House in Maplewood, Campbell House Museum downtown and … Continue reading

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Navigating St. Louis

I was born a walker. For me the most sensuous way to experience a place – whether it be Dublin or Paris or St. Louis – is to walk it; following scents, letting the colors of a place seep into … Continue reading

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The Shaw Art Fair: Neighborhood Crucible for Creativity

There will be very little history in this blog post which is instead a celebration of the arts as supported and engendered by a St. Louis neighborhood which has its origin in a British immigrant with an eye for beauty and … Continue reading

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Piecing a City Together: Recreating St. Louis

Great old cities, like great quilts fray and fall to pieces. In order to remain vibrant they have to be revitalized. Cahokia, the first city on the landscape that became St. Louis, defined by archaeologists as the first city north of … Continue reading

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Expanding the Mosaic of St. Louis

Immigrants have proven to be the life-blood of the world’s great cities, infusing them not only with workers but a rich diversity of culture, talent and ways of thinking. For much of its 250 year history St. Louis was very much an immigrant … Continue reading

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The Lou’s Signature Bread Co.

Once, neighborhood bakeries were almost as common in The Lou as banks. Practically every ethnic group had its own – Polish, Russian, Swiss, Bohemian, Syrian and Italian  among them. There were kosher bakeries and French pastry shops; distinctive but certainly … Continue reading

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Visions of The Lou’s Washington Avenue

Nothing remains of Colonial St. Louis on Washington Avenue except a high limestone bluff into which one hundred and ten years after the founding of St. Louis, James Buchanan Eads ran a railroad tunnel . When you cross the Mississippi … Continue reading

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Benton Park, St. Louis

I love walking city streets. I have a passion for intriguing structures. So when Jeff Mansell and Ruth Keenoy of the Landmarks Association invited me to construct a walking tour of the Benton Park Neighborhood I was happy to do … Continue reading

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The Lou’s South Side Deutsche

No immigrant group has more greatly impacted the City of St. Louis than the German community – from population to architecture, from commerce to culture – they have been a powerhouse from the early-mid 19th century to the present. Their … Continue reading

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Post Office Square – Heart of the Downtown Neighborhood

Spring was in town last week flirting as she is wont to do. With winter at our backs and lurking still on the horizon St. Louisans gratefully took what Spring briefly offered, knowing that she’d return before long to stay. … Continue reading

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