Author Archive for: Dave Adams

Photo Flood 117: Near North Riverfront

Photo Flood 117: Near North Riverfront

Photo by Jen Smith Near North Riverfront is not a neighborhood in the conventional sense of the word, it is a long strip of sparsely populated land that is primarily composed of industrial, commercial, and abandoned real estate that lies between the Mississippi River and the stretch of parallel...

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Photo Flood 114: Old North Saint Louis

Photo Flood 114: Old North Saint Louis

photo by Jeff Phillips Old North Saint Louis (ONSL) is a historic, resilient neighborhood.  Geographically, it is shaped roughly like a rectangle (actually, like a parallelogram). The border of the short end at the top is Palm, which separates ONSL from the architectural crown jewel Hyde Park.  Palm, incidentally,...

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Photo Flood 112: Tower Grove Park

Photo Flood 112: Tower Grove Park

Photo by Thomas Gremaud Henry Shaw was born in England in 1800. In 1818 he accompanied his father, an industrialist, to Canada on a business trip. The very next year, the young Shaw was dispatched to New Orleans alone on business, and from there he traveled on a riverboat (“The...

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Mini-Flood 82: St Charles Rock Road

Mini-Flood 82: St Charles Rock Road

photo by Valerie Rippey St Charles Rock Road is a major thoroughfare in northwest St. Louis County, and many relics of its long and glorious history are still visible. Before we explore, here’s a little historical background… St Charles Rock Road was the first road to traverse St. Louis...

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Photo Flood 110: Soulard

Photo Flood 110: Soulard

photo by RJ Wilner The music from the brass instruments began to emanate from the plaza outside the farmer’s market and reverberate through the old brick neighborhood late on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, quickly drawing onlookers; and then, as the second-line brass band (pictured above) marched the wedding party...

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Mini-Flood 81: Historic Route 66

Mini-Flood 81: Historic Route 66

photo by Joe Rakers Route 66 was immortalized by John Steinbeck who called it “the mother road” in The Grapes of Wrath.  It inspired a hit song (“Get your kicks on Route 66”) and a TV show (“Route 66”).  The Phillips 66 Company is named after Route 66, where...

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Mini-Flood 79: Natural Bridge

Mini-Flood 79: Natural Bridge

photo by Sue Rakers Natural Bridge Road – so named because it once utilized a natural limestone bridge to cross over Rocky Branch Creek in the city – is one of the original (1840’s) major thoroughfares of north St. Louis, starting deep in the city and making a nearly...

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Mini-Flood 78: North Kingshighway

Mini-Flood 78: North Kingshighway

photo by Dave Adams The purpose of this walk was to explore the 1.3-mile section of the Kingshighway thoroughfare that stretches from Interstate 64 to Delmar Blvd, i.e., the section of Kingshighway that traverses the Central West End (CWE).  But if you think that means this is a homogeneous...

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