Michael Allen http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: A Good Problem To Have: City Needs Better Planning To Keep Up With Central Corridor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-good-problem-have-city-needs-better-planning-keep-central-corridor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently St. </span>Louisans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> heard the news: we’re getting IKEA. &nbsp;Well, we’re getting an IKEA that will occupy a big concrete box with 700 parking spaces and a handful of trees around it.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Michael Allen 32327 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: A Good Problem To Have: City Needs Better Planning To Keep Up With Central Corridor Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-building-city-we-deserve <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners following the city’s ongoing renaissance may have heard of a project named Midtown Station, a giant commercial center proposed for </span>Vandeventer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Forest Park. This could be a dreadful retail strip or a game-changing development. The way it gets built matters a lot.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Michael Allen 29083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve The Cost Of Northside Regeneration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cost-northside-regeneration <p>In 1850, Colonel John O’Fallon led a group of investors in creating the St. Louis Place subdivision just north of St. Louis’ central city. The large plat included a public park, land for housing and sites for churches and businesses. The group had just one issue: the land was outside of the city limits, which would be extended west in 1855.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:33:00 +0000 Michael Allen 8777 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Cost Of Northside Regeneration 2011 more practice than preaching for St. Louis preservation enthusiasts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2011-more-practice-preaching-st-louis-preservation-enthusiasts <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998050.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998050.mp3</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>2011 was an excellent year for historic preservation in the region, and here are some of the reasons why.</p> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 18:00:32 +0000 Michael Allen 2739 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2011 more practice than preaching for St. Louis preservation enthusiasts