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Old Posted Jul 1, 2008, 10:25 PM
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[ST. LOUIS] Summer Downtown Streets

Just ten years ago some wrote off St. Louis' downtown... today, the city is alive and thriving as one of the freshest and newest revitalized cities in the country.

Took the Metro downtown today (JUNLY 1, 2008) for a short walk around the city around 2-3:30 p.m.

Downtown once again reigns as St. Louis' heartbeat epicenter. Enjoy the pics.

DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI USA
JULY 1, 2008
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Temperature: 86 degrees /Sunny


Photos from the 8th and Pine Metro subway station - walking down Olive in the CBD, through Keiner Plaza near the Old Courthouse, down 4th Street to the Washington Avenue Loft and Garment District to 14th street, down to 2nd street and Laclede's Landing to the Gateway Arch/National Park Grounds and back on the Metro on the Eads Bridge.

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Couldn't have asked for a better photothread.
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Glad to see my city on the rise, St. Louis has come a long way since its days of abandonment. I cant wait to see what the city is like in the next 10-20 years. Hell....I think we are in position to see some substantial population growth in the wake of the gas crisis.
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Wow, you found someone with worse posture than me.

Summertime is HOT in the city.
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Wow, St Louis is AWESOME at street level. Totally badass.

I didn't mind scrolling downwards for two hours at all.
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Some of the finest architecture I've seen in any US city centre!
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Fantastic St. Louis thread. Great to see such good street life blossoming in this city. Keep it up St. Louis!
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Well you certainly know how to highlight and focus on the gems in the downtown area. For sure it looks better than I can recall in the past. Its been a number of years since I've visited (drove through a couple years ago from Chicago to LA although).

I've never recall it being all that bad in the past, but I don't remember seeing a lot of people around other than by the Arch. Anyway great photo thread, I just wish there was more diversity in the photos. There is no mistaken its very much a mid-western city.
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Hey ChrisLA. You are correct in your observations. The majority of downtown St. Louis daytime population is composed of suburban and exurban office workers. There are pockets of wonderful diversity (Washington Avenue), but the life and flavor of St. Louis is not downtown, but in its neighborhoods. If you stroll through The Loop, the Central West End or South Grand, it's anything but "Midwestern" feeling.

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The photos from Lumiere Place are amazing. I love viewing downtown from that perspective.
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Anyway great photo thread, I just wish there was more diversity in the photos. There is no mistaken its very much a mid-western city.
In all fairness, downtown does attract a TON of people from neighboring states. These pics were taken during a huge Shriners convention, drawing thousands of people from all over the Midwest. I would estimate that nearly 50% of the people you see in these photos are not even St. Louisans.
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Actually, to be fair, I avoided the Convention area like the plague. I took a few there and that's it... but again hardly anyone around there too.
I also saw very few "conventioneers" out and about. I also purposely avoided the lunch hour rush.
Mainly normal weekday workforce.

Thanks for everyone's comments too.
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Actually, to be fair, I avoided the Convention area like the plague. I took a few there and that's it... but again hardly anyone around there too.
I also saw very few "conventioneers" out and about. I also purposely avoided the lunch hour rush.
Mainly normal weekday workforce.

Thanks for everyone's comments too.
Trust me, I work in a major downtown hotel, and I can tell you with certainty that a TON of the people in these pics are conventioneers or their families. The Shriners brought their wives, children, grandchildren, etc. They do not just hang around the convention center, they go all over downtown to restaurants, stores, etc. I see a lot of them in these pics. These pics do not show a typical weekday IMO, except for the pics you took along Olive and Locust and a few others. I'd be willing to bet that the pics of Laclede's Landing are 99% out of towners. Typical weekday crowd in downtown St. Louis is about 75% workforce, 20% tourists and 5% other. That's just how it is.
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I'd be willing to bet that the pics of Laclede's Landing are 99% out of towners.
I agree with you there. Laclede's Landing was packed during the day, which was nice to see. Evenings do great.

But as for Washington Avenue and The Central Business District... it was a typical 2-3:30 p.m. workday. My offices are located / and I live downtown so I see those crowds daily.

It was also a beautiful day outside and summertime.

Next Tuesday is my next downtown photos excursion and post so watch for that too. Thanks for the comments everyone.
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A looooonnngggg way in just ten years... she sure has! The Bitch is back. LOL
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Great pictures, matguy.

Looking forward to your next set. The large 40,000 AME convention is heading to St. Louis starting next week.

Question: Does it really matter who is walking around the streets of downtown St. Louis in the summer? Who cares? Every downtown has tourists, conventioneers, locals, residents and office workers from all over the place.

To me, it doesn't matter. As long as there is pedestrian activity and there are amenities (restaurants, hotel, retail etc.) to attract people - tourists, downtown residents, office workers or locals. As I see it, pedestrian activity and the "life and flavor" of downtown St. Louis continues to improve.
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