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Gravois-Jefferson Streetcar Suburb National Historic District in City Scene

May 31, 2005 Books, History/Preservation No Comments

In the June 2005 issue of The Healthy Planet I take a look at the new Gravois-Jefferson Streetcar Suburb National Historic District. From the story:

The Gravois-Jefferson district includes the term “streetcar suburb” in its name. This confuses some people as this is not thought of as a suburb. But in the late 19th century this area was far from the city center and cars were not yet part of the picture. Road conditions even made cycling difficult. As a result these neighborhoods were built in a compact and highly pedestrian friendly manner. Streetcar lines took residents to downtown and other parts of the city.

For the rest of the story you’ll need to pick up a copy of the Healthy Planet – it’s free! I saw some at Soulard Market and I think Mokabe’s also has it as well.

If you missed the May ‘City Scene’ article in the Healthy Planet on downtown you can read it online.

– Steve


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