you were there 200 years ago?
No. But the vendors have a tradition of blocking modernization efforts which occur every decade or so.
...as compared with West County! Is the Soulard a historically-protected area? How about the Central West End?
I remember a really cool old bar in the Loop area. When it changed hands, the new owners completely ripped out the old woodwork, white hex tile floors and multi-pane windows, and put in modern drywall, bright slick lighting, and big glass doors and windows in aluminum frames. About as much atmosphere and appeal as a McDonald's. What a loss to that whole area and the city!
I think I am finally getting that Ricka meant the farmers market?? Have a good time on your trip!
Yes, the market!
Yes, Soulard neighborhood is historic district -- housing and bars/restaurants are doing well.
Loop was pretty much RIP, until 1-man dynamo Joe Edwards developed Blueberry Hill ('home' for Chuck Berry), then Pageant Theater and Peacock Diner. Ethnic restaurants and retail abound. Wash U has purchased lots of apt buildings as housing and built one new unit. Loop still has problems with crime and race.
CWE is upscale ANF doing well - lots of preservation.