Monthly Archives: April 2013

Salvaging St. Louis, Part II: Planting the seeds for repopulation.


In the previous part to this study, I explored the similar population trends of two major Midwestern cities, St. Louis and Detroit.  Both cities have endured significant losses since their peak in the 1950 census.  Interestingly, Detroit seems to absorb the lion’s share of critical attention for its persistent economic malaise, yet St. Louis has …Read more…

Bear with me.

Two days ago I published the second part of my analysis on St. Louis housing.  It was available for a very brief time, but for some reason it is no longer visible.  My apologies as I investigate the problem; I should have the blog re-posted within the next 36 hours.  Thanks for your patience!

Spurs that fail to stimulate.


My latest post is at Urban Indy.  Though the focus is on case studies in Indianapolis, the situation exists in cities across the country. This seemingly unremarkable photo of traffic in downtown Indy shows the easternmost “spur” of Maryland Street, a primary downtown road that was converted to one-way eastbound in the early 1990s.  In …Read more…

When a “road diet” removes not just the fat but the bone.


Long perceived as one of the most automobile-dependent major cities in the country, Houston has made considerable strides in recent years toward diversifying its transportation options. The METRORail line, first proposed (and rejected) in 1983, took decades to develop, largely due to persistent political opposition.  However, with a 2001 groundbreaking, the 7.5-mile line, spanning from …Read more…

A modest new Gateway Arch.

Final Rendering 1

My latest post is available on Urban Indy, featuring a work in progress: the South Gateway Arch in Indianapolis, at the point where Madison Avenue and U.S. 31 diverge.  It is the first phase of an extensive plan to improve the streetscape for a part of town that has seen considerable flight of businesses to …Read more…

Treating hemorrhaging retail with a tourniquet.

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It’s a topic I can rarely avoid for long: the ups and downs of the American retail landscape.  Originally, I had planned to combine this essay with the previous one, on the aged Venture department store in a tired community not far from East Saint Louis.  Then I realized that, while not a meaty topic …Read more…