Monthly Archives: November 2010

Historic Sites Act of 1935

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM) was the first “historic site” designated by the Historic Sites Act of 1935. ¬†After it was declared a historic site in 1935, 40 blocks were cleared between 1939 and 1942. ¬†Further action was delayed … Continue reading

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most dangerous city

St. Louis is now ranked the most dangerous city in the United States.

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Looking Forward

In “Intentions for the Unintentional: Spontaneous Vegetation as the Basis for Innovative Planting Design in Urban Areas” (JOLA, Autumn 2006), Norbert Kuehn writes, To intervene in spontaneous vegetation to improve it aesthetically may seem as a contradiction: ‘spontaneous’ means that … Continue reading

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Edifice Complex

From the St Louis Post Dispatch: The Edifice Complex: Why big real estate projects won’t save St. Louis Yet the region clings to what might best be termed an Edifice Complex: an unreasonable faith in grand building projects to spawn … Continue reading

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Before the Gateway Arch

Two images of downtown St Louis before the Arch was built. The historic site of the city, which had been rebuilt following an 1849 fire, was cleared for construction of the Arch — and the Dan Kiley-designed landscape, intended to … Continue reading

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