Monday, October 25, 2004
Citywide Controversial Redevelopment

From a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled "Demolition gets under way on 108-year-old building":
    Demolition of the Century Building downtown began this week, a major first step in the controversial redevelopment of the 1884 Old Post Office.

    The first signs are evident. Piles of rubble lay on the sidewalk - the remains of what was a corner of the 108-year-old building.
You know, I've been a resident of the St. Louis area for well nigh eleven contiguous years now, and that description--rubble on the sidewalk and whatnot--sounds like how much of downtown St. Louis has looked for as long as I remember. Year after year, the same buildings with scaffolding, safety nets, or closed sidewalks to prevent the unused, crumbling buildings from killing passersby.

First signs of redevelopment? That's a good and optimistic way of thinking about it.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."