Thursday, November 30, 2006

Let Festivus Begin!

Downtown St. Louis gallery walk
Festivus begins again this year with the First Friday Gallery Walk. downtown st louis lofts
It should be a great chance to get out to some great downtown shops and see some great art all over town.

The two story gem at Jack Thompson that we have listed will be hosting artist SJ Hammack's works from 5-9pm. Wine & Cheese will be provided. Despite the weather, we are expecting a nice turnout.

For information on what is being held open, visit the
and SJ Hammacks website

Put on your boots and come on over!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Power to the People

Downtown Lofts sold
Last week I stayed up to 3:30am watching election results and listening to political speculation. It's something I can only handle every couple years or so. Thankfully, the elections tonight won't be quite as complicated.

The Downtown St. Louis Residents Association will be filling some board positions tonight at their quarterly meeting. 6:30pm at Jack Patricks (1000 Olive) This group really works to make downtown a better place to live. There's no reason not to participate!

One added incentive, the people that are involved love downtown too. So you will have something in common already.

Friday, November 03, 2006

This Place is for the Dogs!

Downtown St. Louis dog parkFor quite some time now, there has been a movement to put a dog park downtown. At the last residents meeting, a committee was mentioned to take some plans and make them a reality. Presently petitions are being circulated to take a portion of Lucas Park and turn it into an attractive fenced park for dogs to mingle freely. This is a win-win situation for downtown. For more information, email me--our next meeting is scheduled for 11/20.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Detroit Tries To Compare

One great thing about the World Series, other than a St. Louis Victory, At Home in front of thousands of crazed fans, was the surge of cash and attention into the downtown area. My friend Chris, will be happy to see his relatively new / old restaurant on Olive at 7th, Teutenbergs was mentioned in this Detroit News article It is a pretty good article about how our state tax credits are superior to what is available in Michigan and that there was greater momentum (comparaed to Detroit) in our downtown according to the author.

Having never been to Detroit, I wouldn't know.

Oh, yeah, and there's ballpark village too. What a time for the Redbirds to pull together a World Series Championship! The deal with the city was going to happen anyway, but what timing.
ballpark village st louis
This graphic in the Post-Disgrace didn't give me the clarity I'd hoped to have. The spoof article in the RFT that talked about the email combat going on between some of the key players in Ballpark Village gave me a Picaso-esqe visual of what 'could be.'
Despite the fact that it was clearly a joke, that article really got me wondering how the whole village was going to come together. I look forward to seeing more to come but overall I have a great feeling about how this project will tie together downtown. Looking at a map of downtown--5 blocks to the north of the new Village is the luxury condos being built in the shell of St. Louis Center with several other buildings filling in around the Old Post Office. The new added investment by the Cardinals organization and the 30% public bonds is not only helping the continued re-birth of downtown but also a sign of confidence from our storied summer residents.