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25th Ward Saw Increase In Vacant Buildings in 2004

August 2, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on 25th Ward Saw Increase In Vacant Buildings in 2004

From today’s Post-Dispatch:

“Only four wards reported an increase in vacant buildings last year: 14, 24 and 25 in the south part of the city, and 18 on the north. Wards 3, 4 and 22 on the north side had the largest number of vacant buildings. Altogether, St. Louis had 5,504 vacant buildings in 2004.”

An increase in vacant buildings is not a good sign. Of course, tearing them down to reduce the number is even worse as that simply increases the number of vacant lots.

– Steve


No More Info on the Old 7-11

July 24, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on No More Info on the Old 7-11

Last month I asked what was happening with the old 7-11 on Virginia at Delor. Someone commented that I should stop by to find out. Well, I did just that. But, I know no more than I did.

The interior is completely gutted, the floor is busted up, a dumpster remains out front and they’ve started changing the exterior look. Permits have been issued and are posted in the front window.

I stopped by on a weekday but nobody was there working. In fact, I haven’t seen anyone there working in weeks.


New Coffee House Opening in 25th Ward!

July 24, 2005 25th Ward Comments Off on New Coffee House Opening in 25th Ward!

Java Joe’s is hard at work renovating the building at Virginia & Meramec (3301 Meramec). I’m told they are expecting an August opening and they will have Wi-Fi. No website yet.


What Is Happening With the 7-11 on Virginia?

June 21, 2005 25th Ward 2 Comments

The other day I noticed some work going on at the old 7-11 store at the corner of Virginia and Delor. Does anyone know what is going on there? Probably another daycare…

– Steve


Mokwa and Joyce to Converse with the Community on June 15th

June 4, 2005 25th Ward 1 Comment

St. Louis Police Chief Joseph Mokwa and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce will be at an event billed as a “conversation with the community” on June 15th, 2005 at 7pm. From the meeeting notice:

“Learn more about our changing neighborhood. Ask questions. Be informed. An opportunity to hear and be heard by your community officials.”

Wow, that is a lot for one meeting. I hope it is not like most where someone in the audience makes a series of incoherent statements during the question period rather than ask a question. I also hope that Mokwa and Joyce can get beyond political sound bite answers.

The event is sponsored by and located at the Saint Louis Altenheim assisted and long term care living facility on the Missouri river bluffs. Their address is 5408 South Broadway, 63111 (map). They are easily accessible by bike although I don’t know about bike parking. The #40 Broadway bus would drop you off right in front of the building (PDF schedule & route map).

– Steve