urban http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Into The Wilds...Of Forest Park http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wildsof-forest-park <p>When most St. Louisans want to see wildlife in Forest Park, they head for the St. Louis Zoo.<br><br>But <a href="http://www.forestparkforever.org/">Forest Park Forever</a> ecologist Peter VanLinn says there are plenty of animals in the rest of the park, too.<br><br>Not long after dawn on a brisk fall morning, he met up with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra in Forest Park’s Kennedy Forest, to look for some.</p><p><br>LACAPRA: What kind of wildlife might we see in the Kennedy Forest?</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:37:31 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6838 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Into The Wilds...Of Forest Park A Rust Belt dilemma: demolition or redevelopment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rust-belt-dilemma-demolition-or-redevelopment <p>The City of St. Louis has some of the highest&nbsp; home vacancy rates in the country, and last month the mayor of Detroit<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120626/METRO/206260392"> made news </a>when he laid out ambitious plans to demolish as many as 10,000 vacant buildings by the end of his term.</p><p>With costs for maintenance and upkeep running in the tens of millions, many Rust Belt cities often find it expedient to simply demolish empty buildings in favor of vacant lots and the hope of future development.</p><p>But taking down problem properties creates a whole new set of issues which are often overlooked.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:30:48 +0000 Adam Allington 4123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Rust Belt dilemma: demolition or redevelopment St. Louis is not Detroit: Assessing urban development challenges in 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-not-detroit-assessing-urban-development-challenges-2012 <p>Over the past four decades Richard Baron has made a name for himself as a pioneering developer of blighted urban neighborhoods.&nbsp; Baron&rsquo;s firm, McCormack Baron Salazar has completed scores of projects in St. Louis and across the Midwest.&nbsp; As a native of Detroit, Mich., Baron came to Missouri in the late 1960s.&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Adam Allington sat down with Baron at a housing conference of the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he asked him to elaborate on some of the development challenges&mdash;and similarities&mdash;between Detroit and St. Louis.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Adam Allington 3883 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis is not Detroit: Assessing urban development challenges in 2012 Sound Bites: Urban farmers bloom where they're planted http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sound-bites-urban-farmers-bloom-where-theyre-planted <p>Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.&nbsp; It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.&nbsp; But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it that&rsquo;s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?&nbsp;&nbsp; Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series <a href="http://stlsoundbites.wordpress.com/">Sound Bites, </a>created in partnership with <a href="http://saucemagazine.com/">Sauce Magazine.</a></p><p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:09:05 +0000 Libby Franklin 2049 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sound Bites: Urban farmers bloom where they're planted Del Taco gets hearing before St. Louis Board of Aldermen http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/del-taco-gets-hearing-st-louis-board-aldermen <p>A taco stand shaped like a giant flying saucer was the subject of heated debate at the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen on Wednesday.</p><p>The board&rsquo;s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee approved a tax abatement bill which could move North Grand&rsquo;s Del Taco one step closer to demolition.</p><p>The iconic gas station turned fast-food joint has <a href="http://www.facebook.com/savedeltaco">become a cause célèbre among local preservationists</a>.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:33:56 +0000 Adam Allington 1536 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Del Taco gets hearing before St. Louis Board of Aldermen St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-sustainable-backyard-tour <p>This Sunday, June 26, is the First Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour--a free, self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homes on the tour showcase renewable energy, beekeeping, composting, vegetable gardens, native plants, backyard chickens, rainwater harvesting, keeping goats, using permeable surfaces, and more.</p> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:24:13 +0000 Madalyn Painter 1503 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/urban-gardening-making-its-way-st-louis-schools <p><br /><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-970980.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-970980.mp3</a></p><p>Urban gardening has found a stronghold in backyard and community plots and now, with some help from one organization, urban gardening is making its move into St. Louis schools.</p><p> Mon, 30 May 2011 15:01:06 +0000 Ettie Berneking 1329 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-documentary-sheds-light-story-pruitt-igoe <p>The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.&nbsp; For awhile it was&mdash;until it wasn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.&nbsp; Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?&nbsp; That&rsquo;s the subject of a new documentary film called <em><a href="http://www.mohistory.org/node/5628">The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.</a>&nbsp; </em>&nbsp;Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere <a href="http://www.mohistory.org/node/5628">this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.</a></p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:32:19 +0000 Libby Franklin 872 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe