Monthly Archives: March 2011

urban growth and decline

I recently had the opportunity to attend two conferences relating to urbanism – within one week, I went from Open/Closed, a conference on vacant land in St. Louis to Turning Urban, a symposium on urban growth. In the end, both … Continue reading

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focusing: questions

With my midterm presentation done and five (!) weeks left to develop this project, it’s been helpful to focus in on a few key concepts and questions: How can our understanding of St. Louis history move beyond the Arch to … Continue reading

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Mapping Decline / Colin Gordon

Ahead of the Open/Closed Conference starting today, there is a great interview with Colin Gordon, author of Mapping Decline, posted at NextSTL.  Gordon relates the history of urban renewal to the city’s continued decline in population and rising vacancy levels.

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soil testing – N-P-K, pH

Here are the results for the soil testing (to see maps of the testing sites, click here). These results indicate that neither site’s soils are high in nutrients.  This will allow me to further pare down the plant palette.

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village and common fields

I have devoted a lot of research toward understanding the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe sites individually – but what is the relationship between them? In its early history, St. Louis was laid out as a village surrounded by commons and common … Continue reading

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soil testing – pH

During my site visits on Sunday, I collected soil samples from the JNEM and Pruitt-Igoe areas. I am testing all of the samples for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels.  (Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, aka N-P-K, are key to plant … Continue reading

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riverfront forest / bottomland / missouri and mississippi rivers confluence

The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, north of St. Louis.  Once the site of a town known as Columbia, and later St. Vrain, the area was established as a conservation … Continue reading

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