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Urban Wildlife
6:37 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Into The Wilds...Of Forest Park

This young great horned owl hatched last year in a nest near the MUNY theater in Forest Park.
Philip Hamer, MUNY

When most St. Louisans want to see wildlife in Forest Park, they head for the St. Louis Zoo.

But Forest Park Forever ecologist Peter VanLinn says there are plenty of animals in the rest of the park, too.

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.


LACAPRA: What kind of wildlife might we see in the Kennedy Forest?

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Urban Development
4:30 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

A Rust Belt dilemma: demolition or redevelopment

Taken in the 3rd Ward, north of the old Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis has some of the highest  home vacancy rates in the country, and last month the mayor of Detroit made news when he laid out ambitious plans to demolish as many as 10,000 vacant buildings by the end of his term.

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.

But taking down problem properties creates a whole new set of issues which are often overlooked.

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Business
6:45 am
Tue June 12, 2012

St. Louis is not Detroit: Assessing urban development challenges in 2012

Richard Baron.
McCormack Baron Salazar
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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.

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from Cityscape
11:09 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Sound Bites: Urban farmers bloom where they're planted

Natalie Semchyshyn, Amos Harris and their young daughter, Ember, atop the family’s downtown rooftop garden.
(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/ by Greg Rannells)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.  It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.  But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it that’s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?   Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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Preservation / St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:33 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Del Taco gets hearing before St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Del Taco, Grand Boulevard
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

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.

The board’s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee approved a tax abatement bill which could move North Grand’s Del Taco one step closer to demolition.

The iconic gas station turned fast-food joint has become a cause célèbre among local preservationists.

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The Weekend Gardener
11:24 am
Sat June 25, 2011

St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour

Scott Klein's pond in south county. For more photos from sites along the tour, see the slideshow below.
Madalyn Painter St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Urban Gardening
10:01 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Urban gardening making its way into St. Louis schools

This is the third year for the Shining Rivers' edible garden. It's grown so much that now community members can purchase produce from the garden.
(Ettie Berneking/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe

Partially demolished Pruitt-Igoe (Daniel Magidson)

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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