Examining the Merits of St. Louis’ Infill Boom

The central corridor of St. Louis has a host of development projects in the pipeline. With a celebration of the rebirth of the city has also come questions about the new developments’ adherence to faux-historic brick architecture.

Alex Ihnen writes of the “boom” in St. Louis’ central corridor. “From a $1B medical center expansion, new Mercedes dealership, and retail to the coming IKEA, the area is hot.”

The article also includes images for the eight residential and mixed-use projects that have been recently completed, are under construction, or are currently proposed.

Ihnen also provides an assessment of the design quality of the new boom: “St. Louis certainly has an aesthetic, book-ended by warehouses such as the former Ford Motor Company building, now West End Lofts, and the single-family brick home. However, new infill doesn’t seem to speak to either, or anything in between, particularly well.”

Full Story: Eight Central Corridor Infill Projects and the Design of a New St. Louis

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