Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More Random Observations...

Random observations from a lunchtime walk around downtown…

Work on the Broadway side of the Federal Reserve has been completed, and it looks great. The newly-reopened sidewalk is now adorned with planters, banners and period streetlights. Work on the St. Charles and Fourth Street sides should be completed by the end of the year.

The streetlights in front of the Federal Reserve extend south all the way to the Marquette Building – Broadway now has two blocks of nice-looking streetlights. Will they eventually be added to the blocks in front of St. Louis Place, 500 N. Broadway, Met Square, the Bank of America Tower, Mercantile Library, etc.? They make a huge aesthetic difference over the traditional “cobra head” lights that predominate downtown.

Construction crews have begun gutting The 411 development at 10th and Locust.

The Old Post Office Plaza is really taking shape. Workers were pouring stairs and building the structure at the north end of the plaza. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

The Alexa – formerly the Chemical Building – has been awfully quiet recently. It sure would be nice to be able to get a Dooley’s hamburger.

The exterior of the Locust Building at 1015 Locust is getting a thorough scrubbing. It makes a huge difference and I can only imagine when it was last cleaned. I look forward to seeing how it will look when all the work is done. According to the Business Journal, $3.5 million in improvements will be performed. The next phase includes new awnings and signage.

With the Downtown Partnership relocating to the Laclede Gas Building, the Olive side of the Frisco Building is looking a little sad these days. Erker’s Optical still looks great, but it would be nice to have the old Frisco Cafeteria and Downtown Partnership spaces filled up. With the redevelopment of the Truman Building underway and the Syndicate Trust Building nearing completion, these spaces will be much more prominent in the days ahead.

The Thaxton Building is advertising space for lease on its upper floors.

In the span of about 15 minutes on my walk, I ran into my wife, a college fraternity brother and a former co-worker whom I haven’t seen in a few years. I guess this kind of thing never happens in Maryville Centre or Earth City!

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