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October 24, 2005 25th Ward 1 Comment

Work has kept me very busy of late…

Real estate sales have been up and down with more of my business focusing on downtown loft sales. It would be great to see the level of interest of downtown lofts in more of our neighborhoods — including those in the 25th ward. The momentum downtown is picking up speed while some areas remain stagnant.

Here are a few thoughts on some things in the 25th Ward:

> Java Joe’s, a locally owned coffeehouse, opened at the corner of Meramec & Virginia. I have a few issues with the design of the space and the products served but I hope they succeed as it is important for the neighborhood. Stop by and check it out on your own.

> The deli that had opened on Virginia at Taft closed. Not surprising, it was over priced and not a good value for the money.

> On the other hand everywhere I go people are raving about our own Iron Barley. This unassuming place is bring lots of people the area that most likely would not visit for any other reason.

> The Stork Inn, also at Virginia & Taft, is still for sale — listed with my good friend Jane Quartuccio. This is a spectacular building and an excellent value.

> Work continues at the old 7-11 at Virginia and Delor but I still don’t know what is going on at the location. Workers had put up some metal frames over the old mansard roof but those have now been removed.

> The former Western Bowl on Bingham remains closed and for sale. The property is now listed with another commercial broker.

> And finally is the Virginia Mansion. It has been sold to a developer looking to turn the property into four condos.

As I said work has kept me busy. In addition to real estate I have a major design project that will occupy much of my time for the next year. The Riverfront Times recently recognized my primary blog, Urban Review – St. Louis, as the “Best Civic-Minded Blog” in their best of issue. I’ve also become certified as a bicycle safety instructor by the League of American Bicyclists.

For over six months I’ve also been writing a monthly column for The Healthy Planet. I will be writing the occasional column for a local weekly publication as well. And finally I will appear as a regular guest each month on KDHX’s Collateral Damage program hosted by DJ Wilson and Fred Hessel.

– Steve


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