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Re: St. Louis

Post by warwickland » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:13 pm

SLU could definitely take note of the postive developments happening in midtown in areas beyond their reach, like on locust.

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Post by chaglang » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:16 pm

Absolutely. A friend of mine is going to take me on a tour of all the positive developments between the SLU campus and downtown. He's very excited about what's going on. I think it's going to center on Urban Chestnut's Octoberfest next year.

I have to give SLU some credit for anchoring that part of Grand for so long. When I was there, they were buying and reusing existing buildings. Lindell would be much worse off were it not for them. That's why their demolition spree is so saddening and baffling. I thought they "got it". I was wrong.

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Post by warwickland » Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:04 pm

now that lord biondi is gone, hopefully we see more considerate real estate practices by SLU. the neighborhood has already taken a bit of a leap since even a year ago. i think that generally, SLU "gets it."

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Post by chaglang » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:24 am

I hope so, because they've become an enormous landholder there. Much moreso than when I got there for my freshman year. And the fact that they did all this at the corner of Grand and Lindell speaks well of them. They get that. It's their land use that has always troubled me. Without looking at a satellite image, I believe that the main spine of campus (West Pine) was denser in 1991 than it is now.

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Post by warwickland » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:42 pm

chaglang wrote:Without looking at a satellite image, I believe that the main spine of campus (West Pine) was denser in 1991 than it is now.
That's almost certainly correct. Biondi was confused/clueless, but SLU appears committed to urban redevelopment and Sith Lord Biondi is thankfully gone.

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Re: St. Louis

Post by grovester » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:03 am

I will be spending a night in St. Louis next week and am completely ignorant of the city, except for how to drive through it.

Looking for a hotel in a walkable area with bars/restaurants.

Where should I stay?

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Post by brewcrew1000 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:14 pm

I would not stay downtown, I find downtown very boring. I would consider the central west end. The Chase Park Plaza is in a somewhat walkable area right across from forest park

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Post by nickyrosstheboss » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:36 am

I agree with the above. I got a hotel downtown and spent all my time everywhere else.

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Post by WSPanic » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:08 pm

In August, I stayed downtown at the hotel connected to the City Museum (The Last Hotel in St. Louis) - I thought it was really nice for a night. Rates weren't terrible. Other than fact that someone did a hit/run on my car parked next to the hotel, it was a cool location for an evening. Stayed out by The Fox Theater for the other night we were there - since we were seeing a show at The Fox. There are a few nice hotels in that neighborhood too.

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Post by earthling » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:30 pm

grovester wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:03 am
I will be spending a night in St. Louis next week and am completely ignorant of the city, except for how to drive through it.

Looking for a hotel in a walkable area with bars/restaurants.

Where should I stay?
Based on your posts I'd suspect you'd like CWE/Loop area more than downtown but easy enough to get around via LRT or Uber. Metro offers weekly fare pass under $30.

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Post by rxlexi » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:46 am

I will be spending a night in St. Louis next week and am completely ignorant of the city, except for how to drive through it.

Looking for a hotel in a walkable area with bars/restaurants.

Where should I stay?
I agree with the suggestions for Central West End or Delmar Loop area hotels. You will be central to everything in some of the most walkable, amenity-filled neighborhoods in the region. The Moonrise Hotel on the Loop is popular, locally owned, and has a cool rooftop patio - can walk to Metrolink rail easily behind the hotel if that's valuable to you.

CWE has several options - anywhere near the central parts of that hood will be a great stay (Chase was mentioned). Cheshire Inn on SW corner of Forest Park is neat too - again very centrally located and a unique vibe, even though it is right next to the highway (walkable to a cool little hidden retail node in DeMun, however, which I would recommend). The Angad Arts Hotel near Fox Theater in their arts district (Grand Center) is new and supposedly quite nice, but I've not been and wouldn't recommend the neighborhood for a first time stay.

Essentially, stay inside the Innerbelt (I-170) loop and you'll have easy access to the central City, with more or fewer walkable amenities depending on the hood. It's a great city, with a lot new stuff going on if you look - have fun!

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Re: St. Louis

Post by grovester » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:39 pm

Thanks for that timely post, as we just returned and did indeed stay at the Moonrise Hotel on Delmar.

Great strip, reminded me a bit of Mass St. in Lawrence.

I was really impressed with what I saw of St. Louis and look forward to another visit. Forest Park is a gem.

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