The Ferris wheel idea is dead. So What should be at Delmar and Skinker? Another auto-oriented fast-food joint a la Taco John’s? A parking lot? A park? A traditional building?
Transit works best when it delivers you to and takes you from the middle of things instead of the edge.
Some developers have cited the high cost of providing structured parking as part of their justification when seeking tax incentives. Perhaps we’re not subsidizing profits, rather we’re subsidizing structured parking.
As the Loop Trolley project nears completion let’s look at the changes to the streetscape and the condition and potential of the adjacent land. Parts of the trolley route are quite productive, so the route may have a good combination of supporting productive places and “built it and they will come.”
Fragmentation and low-productivity auto-oriented development patterns are synergizing in the St. Louis area, driving up the per capita cost of government services, transportation, infrastructure, and utilities.