THIS IS NOT A JOKE (we wish it were).
(1) These uninspired suburban tract houses, available also in St. Charles County's fastest growing municipalities, are coming to the historic Mississippi Bluffs in South St. Louis.
Here is a link to the brochure for the 24-home development to be located next to the existing condo building: http://www.mcbridehomes.com/
new-homes/missouri/st-louis/ st-louis-city/305/mississippi- bluffs.html
(2) The Preservation Board just approved this underwhelming development with full and enthusiastic support from 11th Ward Alderman Tom Villa and Thomas Purcell of the Carondelet Housing Corp. Some residents even appeared with support saying, of course, "something is better than nothing" and "they're taking a risk!" Villa is just happy to have a "reputable developer"...
(3) This is the image we're projecting about our city on one of the only pieces of riverfront residential real estate in the entire region. This will sit next to beautiful historic mansions that river barons built. What an insensitive affront to our city's proud architectural legacy. We could honestly cry.
(4) We see this as symbolic of a much larger issue in our city: failed leadership that presses for a city that is but a sad imitation of its own suburbs. We have suffered too much and too long.
(5) Adding insult to injury, we present this sexy, visionary development that was built in Rocky River, Ohio-- a SUBURB of Cleveland:
A Cleveland SUBURB gets this awesome, urban development adjacent to a tiny, unknown river, and the CITY of St. Louis gets cheap looking, cookie-cutter suburban boxes overlooking the famous Mississippi?
As long as the city tries to mimic the suburbs, the city will lose. We are at our best when we think, act and look like a city, because that's what we are. Let's get it together, people. This is inexcusable.
What can we do?
Email 11th Ward alderman Tom Villa and tell him that we should strive for URBAN development in our urban core. Or what the hell, just give him a call: (314) 622-3287
Let's demand better for the city we love.