A historic St. Louis School building has a new lease on life as a new development in north city’s 22nd Ward.
The Arlington School, designed by pioneering St. Louis Architect William Ittner was built in 1898. The school was closed in 1994 and fell into extreme disrepair. I filed a story for NPR in 2009 about ten of Ittner's schools, including Arlington, which were facing uncertain futures.
Over the past four decades Richard Baron has made a name for himself as a pioneering developer of blighted urban neighborhoods. Baron’s firm, McCormack Baron Salazar has completed scores of projects in St. Louis and across the Midwest. As a native of Detroit, Mich., Baron came to Missouri in the late 1960s.
St. Louis Public Radio’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—and similarities—between Detroit and St. Louis.