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Discussion: you were there 200 years ago?

in: Ricka; Ricka > 2018-07-21

Jul 23, 2018 12:38 PM # 
matzah ball:
you were there 200 years ago?
Jul 27, 2018 11:21 PM # 
No. But the vendors have a tradition of blocking modernization efforts which occur every decade or so.
Jul 28, 2018 12:28 PM # 
chitownclark: 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!
Jul 28, 2018 3:19 PM # 
matzah ball:
I think I am finally getting that Ricka meant the farmers market?? Have a good time on your trip!
Jul 29, 2018 4:32 AM # 
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.

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