Delmar Loop

The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District

All major construction on the Delmar Loop Trolley has been completed. Trolley construction began March 2015. The final path of the trolley circles more than two miles from the western end of The Loop and through Forest Park near the Missouri History Museum.

Long Acres Farm co-owner Debbie Schneider talks to long-time customer Susan Wells-Souza during the produce stand's last day at Delmar Loop, October 29, 2016.
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A produce stand that’s been a Delmar Loop institution for more than four decades is moving to a new location. After 43 years at an outdoor market in a parking lot just northwest of Fitz’s, Long Acres Farm is being forced to move because it can no longer afford the rent.

Local guitar duo Fine to Drive play onstage at a preview show at Delmar Hall the night before its grand opening.
Jess Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis’ newest concert venue opens tonight in the Delmar Loop neighborhood. With Delmar Hall, Joe Edwards and Pat Hagin, co-owners of the Pageant concert hall next door, continue their push to make the neighborhood an entertainment hub. “This is the live music corridor, center, of St. Louis and this just cements that,” Edwards said. Delmar Hall will seat up to 800 people and focus on concerts, comedy and private business events. Edwards said up to 25 percent of the acts will be local performers with national touring groups making up the remaining shows. The opening weekend features Stir, Jay Farrar , and Hippie Sabotage .

Joe Edwards poses with a trolley car purchased in Seattle for the Loop Trolley.
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Commuters who use Delmar Boulevard to get between University City and St. Louis will need to temporarily find an alternate route starting Monday. The intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Kingsland Avenue on the western edge of Delmar Loop will be closed for the next three weeks while contractors put in a switch for the Loop Trolley.

Loop Trolley construction in Feb. 2016
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Another busy intersection in the Delmar Loop will be shut down starting Monday for Loop Trolley construction. More than 85 percent of the track for the project has been installed, but traffic won’t be allowed at Skinker and Delmar boulevards for at least the next 12 days.

Chuck Berry
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This month marks one year since Chuck Berry wrapped up his iconic run at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop. The musician’s performing status is up in the air, according to Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards. “The fact he’s almost 89 years old, who knows? He has the interest in doing it but he’s also working on some songs,” said Edwards.

Artist rendering of the proposed Loop Trolley stop in front of the Delmar MetroLink Station.
courtesy Loop Trollety Transportation Development District / Loop Trolley Transportation Development District

Traffic on three blocks of Delmar Blvd. is being diverted to the road’s westbound lanes beginning Monday in order to start laying tracks for the Loop Trolley . While construction is underway between Kingsland Ave. and Melville Ave. there will be no street parking on that stretch of Delmar.

“St. Louis is kind of underappreciated as a literary city,” St. Louis author Ann Leckie said. “There’s the long history, but there’s also plenty of writers who are here now.” That history, including authors like Maya Angelou and Tennessee Williams, and award-winning authors like Leckie are fueling next weekend’s Lit in the Lou festival. “I have a friend who says that St. Louis right now is like Paris in the ’20s,” poet Matthew Freeman said. “We have a very lively scene. I have a million...

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Count Joe Edwards among the Delmar Loop business owners who are salivating at the prospect of hundreds of students living near their businesses. Edwards, the owner of Loop staples Blueberry Hill and the Moonrise Hotel, said the more than 400 Washington University students who will live in the soon-to-be-finished dorm rooms will be a boon to local businesses. He said he’s hopeful all those students will also keep business lively at the Peacock Diner, a 24-hour restaurant he owns that will...

Wayne Pratt, St. Louis Public Radio

He's won Emmy awards and been enshrined into the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Now he has his very own star.
Former Major League Baseball player Tim McCarver was inducted Monday into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. He was a stalwart on Cardinals teams of the 1960s and was named an All-Star twice.

"I've never had anything, any Walk of Fame, anywhere," McCarver told St. Louis Public Radio. "This is really something."

The unveiling of his star,...

Joe Edwards outside Blueberry Hill
File Photo | Jarred Gastreich | Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - If you don’t know who Joe Edwards is, you probably haven’t lived in St. Louis for long. Owner of Blueberry Hill; friend of Chuck Berry; driving force behind local standbys like the Pageant, the Pin-Up Bowl, the Flamingo Bowl and the Moonrise Hotel (all of which make him unofficial mayor of the Delmar Loop); connoisseur of Hawaiian shirts: These things help describe Joe Edwards.

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine , host Steve Potter discussed the ongoing growth of the restaurant scene in the Delmar Loop with Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and other Loop landmarks, Ryan Pinkston, co-owner of newcomer Three Kings Public House and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine . Figueras interviewed Pinkston and his business partners Derek Deavers and Derek Flieg, for a feature in this month's Sauce Magazine . The Three...

(Courtesy University City Public Library Archives)

When Edward Gardner Lewis purchased the land that would become University City at the turn of the twentieth century, there wasn't much in the area beyond an amusement park, a race track and the loop of the trolley from which Delmar Loop gets its name. But he had a vision for a magazine empire and needed space to expand his printing presses. He built an iconic octagonal building for his headquarters overlooking the street car line and in view of the site of the upcoming 1904 World's Fair. From...

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If names like Lasky, Rinaldi’s, Shanghai Café, the Varsity theater and Toddle House conjure up immediate memories of the University City Loop , M.M. Costantin has a book for you. Costantin, who has lived in the area near the Loop for more than 40 years, has seen the area at its worst and its best, from the days when she really didn’t feel it was safe to take a walk down Delmar to today, when long lines mark the success of venues like the Pageant theater and restaurants like Pi.

Carmen Troesser

St. Louis is home to many Thai restaurants but the cuisine of the Southeast Asian country of Thailand is diverse. Roughly, there are four food regions in the country - northern, northeast, central (Bangkok) and southern, according to Phatcharin Wanna, the owner/chef of a new Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop. Wanna’s restaurant, Fork & Stix , features northern Thai food which she says is unique from other Thai regions because of the stronger flavors. “The central uses more sweetness …...

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will add extra manpower in the Delmar Loop this weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of last weekends violence . No one was injured in a series of fights that broke out around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, or when shots were fired into the crowd, though two people were injured in a later shooting at a Churchs Chicken. Capt. Michael Caruso, the deputy commander of the Bureau of Community Policing, says SLMPD officers will work closely with colleagues in...

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Good morning! Here are a couple of the stories weve followed this morning to get you started: Relatives of teen killed by police want answers Relatives of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed by St. Louis County police are disputing police claims that the teen had a gun when he was shot. The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Glasgow Village area of north St. Louis County. Police were called to a home amid reports of gunshots and say Lavon Peete pointed a sawed-off rifle at a county police...

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Supporters of a plan to build a trolley line from the University City lions to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park say the project is right on its revised schedule. The Loop Trolley will cost about $44 million to build. Construction could begin in 2013, and Bob Archibald, the president of both the Missouri Historical Society and the non-profit Loop Trolley Company says work should be finished by 2014, the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. The project was originally...

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The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money - an $80 million project by nearby Washington University. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the plan calls for development of stores in a four- to six-story building, along with apartments for about 550 students. Design work will begin soon and construction could start as early as next January. The housing units could be occupied starting in August 2014. Most of the project is in University City, except for a...

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For the second year in a row, the Pageant in the Delmar Loop is among the top-5 concert venues in the world when it comes to ticket sales. Pollstar, an industry website , bases its rankings on reports from venues about the number of tickets sold. The Pageant was number 5 in 2011 , with reported sales of 181,451 tickets. In 2010 , Pollstar ranked the Pageant the 4th-best club in the world, with nearly 187,000 tickets sold.

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Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis. The Moonrise Hotel announced today that theyll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar. We are very excited about our new solar canopy, hotel owner Joe Edwards said in a press release. From day one, we have been committed to operating the Moonrise Hotel in a sustainable, eco-friendly...

Late last week, Joe Edwards announced that hes stepping down as the Chairman of the Loop Special Business District after 30 years leading the board. He stopped by St. Louis on the Air today to chat about his decision and whats next for the six-block district along Delmar thats been designated One of the 10 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association.

Loop Trolley making progress toward 2012 opening

Jan 11, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Delmar Loop Trolley is making steady progress toward a goal of opening sometime in 2012. The project would span more than 2 miles and connect Forest Park to the Delmar Loop . Joe Edwards , the man behind almost every project on the Delmar Loop, says the trolley should clear its environmental impact study next month. After that he expects progress to come fairly quickly. "The hope is that by the end of this year it'll be under construction, that's the goal and then hopefully it will then...