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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Despicable.

A gem of a commercial building on Page--something north St. Louis cannot afford to lose--will see the wrecking ball. The owner--the wealthy Roberts Brothers, proponents of investment in the north side--could have prevented this terrific loss to the built environment.

When will our leaders, be they civic, political, developers, investors, realize that preservation is St. Louis's most proven economic development? Where would the Washington Avenue Loft District or Old North St. Louis be if they'd cleared all of their buildings due to deferred maintenance?

It is wrong to deprive this corner of this building. It is wrong for the surrounding neighborhoods to continue to lose the infrastructure that could someday (further) stabilize them.

For more, visit Ecology of Absence (where the photo below came from as well). See the earlier EOA post as well.



What can I do other than email and call? I just don't know.

1 comments:

Doug Duckworth said...

While taking photographs, I talked to a resident of Fountain Park. He said white politicians downtown don't care about the North Side, other wise this building would be saved. Ironically it isn't so much the fault of white politicians, but of political culture and elites with no vision.

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