Grand Boulevard is one of, if not the most, important north-south streets in St. Louis. It connects north & south St. Louis to the east-west central corridor. It carries our busiest MetroBus route, the #70.
After visiting the soon-to-close Schnucks at Grand & Kossuth last week it occurred to me the North Grand corridor could benefit from some comprehensive planning to bring needed jobs, housing, retail, etc to north St. Louis. This post isn’t a comprehensive solution it’s an introduction to the idea of concentrating efforts in a linear fashion along Grand north of Delmar.
- Despite massive population loss in the city, especially north city, the areas near Grand remain populated, in-part because of the #70 MetroBus route.
- The #70 MetroBus route will get five (5) higher-capacity articulated vehicles starting in June, by the end of summer all 12 will be articulated.
- Vacant land ready to build on.
- Few major institutions to help build support
- Numerous problems: crime, poverty, unemployment, aging infrastructure & building stock
- Lack of hope
We could list more negatives, as well as positives. In fact, taking stock of the area is a good first step.
Bringing real jobs to this area won’t be easy. I don’t think we should just sit back and watch as jobs and people continue to leave the area. This is a chance to do some grassroots planning. Done right North Grand can have a more prosperous future.
— Steve Patterson