A companion to the Built St. Louis web site, with comments on the urbanism and architecture of St. Louis and elsewhere.
I think this 16th dose is the final overdose. These posts are amazingly informative but incredibly saddening. I feel powerless. When the mayor remarks that he "doesn't know what McKee is up to, but trusts him", what can one do? The city and the state (recall the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit being tailor made for Blairmont) are behind him--this man and his ghost companies whose sole purpose is to see these properties be demolished by neglect. It is so frustrating!
I feel the same way, Matt. I feel like a dipshit that I can't stop this.
A coworker sent me your URL, because I am interested in STL architecture. So, this is a general comment, not specific to Blairmont. Also, this is my first blog; it's long. I was born in St. Louis but have been gone for many years. Each time I have visited (rarely) I’ve been flabbergasted by the urban decay and its wave of destruction. I've been all over the world and I have never seen a city self-destruct the way STL has. Do Saint Louisans have any idea how unique our architecture is, as well as the history it represents? I recently drove the city for hours and was shocked by the amount of vacant and dilapidated buildings. What the Hell is going on here? I mean, isn't there any oversight on this situation? What can the average person do to make a difference? This is NOT a rhetorical question...please, let me know. I am not the only person outside the city who is willing to make a stand or put some time in to help save some of these buildings.
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