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Friday, August 15, 2008

My recommended mass transit map for the city.

Why reinvent the wheel?

This was the St. Louis streetcar system from 1903.

Note the tiny blocks of Soulard and the old riverfront. Compare them to the newer developments in the city's fashionable West End.

It's also cool to see a map of the entire city prior to the destruction caused by the interstate system and urban renewal.

This was a connected city--sound urbanism before there was a negative to truly contrast with (exemplified by today's second generation suburbia and exurbia).


Emily said...

Thanks for posting this! Interesting how they put the "Female Hospital" next to the Insane Asylum and "Poor House." Weird how there are no other hospitals marked.

Vanishing STL said...

It's amazing to see the aerial photo (on Urban St. Louis) of the area just prior to the atomic bomb blast and seeing how much was still intact. The area was just as much intact as other historic areas that were restored such as Lafayette Square, and more so than areas such as Old North. While most of the housing stock was in need of renovation, every other older area was like this as well. Such an incredible waste.

Even more insane is tha map labeled "Expanded Area future projection of continued urban renewal": the entire LBD is wiped out for a modern auto parts distribution center. Unbelievable that people thought these were good ideas.

StLou said...

Interseting! Also note that Forest Park is portrayed with the future exhibition spaces plotted and titled.

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