Pocket Park at 10th and Locust brightens up Downtown St. Louis

A Pop-Up Park (Pocket Park) with games and activities for pedestrians of all ages was opened this weekend at the corner of 10th and Locust in Downtown St. Louis. It certainly brightened up Downtown and turned an empty plot into a place to play games or just to relax and enjoy the day.

PocketParks.co turns vacant lot into colorful park at 923 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. Games, Giveaways, Food from Bailey’s Restaurants and more!!!

PocketParks was founded by Samantha Lee and is non-profit organization that turns empty areas into fun-filled pop-up parks. As a company, the board has a goal in mind and that is to add a network of parks across the the U.S.

Video of Pocket Park pop up at 10th and Locust in downtown St. Louis. May 2021 by craig currie

Samantha says by, “Using a human-centric approach, we can elevate the urban experience to one that is safe, beautiful, active, and diverse. We are creating a platform using parks to reactivate the streets and build up the ecosystem of our city.” (source https://www.pocketparks.co/learn-more)

Dates & Times

The DUC Park Pop-Up Event on Locust May 2021
Friday, May 14th | 4pm – 9pm
Saturday May 15 | 12pm – 9pm 
Sunday May 16th| 12pm – 4pm 

PocketParks.co is remaking Downtown STL

Civil Courts Building, Downtown St. Louis with Sphynx-like Creatures on Roof

The Civil Courts Building is a landmark court used by the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in Downtown St. Louis. The architects were Klipstein & Rathmann who featured Greek Revival architecture throughout the building.

The pyramid roof was designed to resemble the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. It features 8 columns on each side.

The roof is cast aluminum with two 12 foot (3.7 m) Sphinx-like structures with the Fleur-de-Lys in Saint-Louis adorned on the chest. These Sphynx-like creatures were sculpted by Cleveland sculptor, Steven A. Rebeck.

1One Metropolitan SquareSt. Louis42181m1989
2One AT&T Center909 Chestnut St. St. Louis44179m1986
3Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse111 S 10th St. St. Louis28170m2000
4US Bank Plaza505 N 7th St. St. Louis35148m1976
5Laclede Gas Building720 Olive St. St. Louis31122m1969
6Southwestern Bell Building1010 Pine St. St. Louis26122m1926
7Civil Courts Building10 N Tucker Blvd. St. Louis13118m 386Ft1929
8100 Above the Park100 Kingshighway Blvd. STL36117m 2020
9Bank of America Plaza800 Market St. St. Louis31117m1981
10600 Washington600 Washington Ave. STL25 fl114m1985
11Park East Tower4909 Laclede Ave. St. Louis26101m2007
12Queeny TowerSt. Louis1998m1965
13One Cardinal Way1 Cardinal Way, St. Louis2998m2020
14The Tower at OPOP411 N 8th St. St. Louis2595m2010
15Park Plaza Apartments212 Kingshighway Blvd. STL2794m1931
161010 Market Street1010 Market St. St. Louis2090m1982
17Millennium Hotel St. Louis Tower200 S 4th St. St. Louis2888m1968
18Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis999 N 2nd St. St. Louis1988m2007
19The Gentry’s Landing400 N 4th St. St. Louis2887m1965
20Mansion House Apartments300 N 4th St. St. Louis2887m1965

The Civil Courts building in Downtown St. Louis

21c Museum Hotel, Downtown St. Louis coming 2022

21c Museum Hotel is moving into the former YMCA at 1528 Locust Street in Downtown St. Louis. The YMCA building is going to be completely restored for multiple uses that will include a contemporary art museum and loads of food and beverage outlets. Russell HBD Construction is at the helm and in charge of the construction process currently ongoing.

Free Contemporary Art Museum, open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
173 spacious guest rooms
Two 21c Suites
Chef-driven Food & Beverage options
On-property Fitness Center
Valet Parking

21c Museum Hotel
1528 Locust Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
21cmuseumhotels.com/stlouis | Google Maps

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, $30/Night Parking, No Free Breakfast

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark is across the street from Ballpark Village and a block away from Busch Stadium in the center of Downtown St. Louis. You can pay $45/night for valet or $30/night to park in the garage across the street. It is recommended to use the valet since it is safer.

There is no complimentary breakfast at this Hilton as well. The rooftop bar is highly recommended with an amazing view of Downtown St. Louis.

Parking Self parking – 30.00/night
Valet parking – 45.00/night
Pets allowed $75.00 non-refundable fee

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 421-1776
hilton.com | Google Maps

Missouri Athletic Club: 1903 women forbidden, 2021 Angie Minges becomes President

Missouri Athletic Club opened its doors in 1903 located at 405 Washington Ave., in Downtown St. Louis, MO. The no-women-allowed club made history when Angie Minges, a woman, was voted in as president in 2021 for the Missouri Athletic Club.

Missouri Athletic Club
405 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102

Ballpark Heights Apartments across the street from Busch Stadium coming soon

Ballpark Heights Luxury Apartments will have around 80 high-end units and retail space located on 300 S. Broadway across the street from Ballpark Village that brings over 6 million people to the neighborhood to eat, drink and watch baseball.

Ballpark Heights Apartments is in walking distance from Salt + Smoke BBQ, Starbucks, Imo’s Pizza and more. It is a historical building completely remodeled while adhering to historical guidelines.

Ballpark Heights Apartments
300 S. Broadway
Saint Louis, MO 63102

Neuroscience Research Building under construction in Cortex Neighborhood

The Neuroscience Research Building, part of Washington University, is under construction at 4370 Duncun Ave., in St. Louis, MO. The building will be 11 stories tall and 609,000 square feet when completed and will span almost a block filling up 200-acres in the Cortex Innovation Community, one of the fastest growing hubs in the country.

The research facility was Designed by Perkins + Will and Cannon Design. McCarthy Building Companies is overseeing construction. The project will be the largest in School of Medicine’s history.

Olive West Development Grand Center Arts District by Emily Pulitzer

Olive West housing development, with Emily Pulitzer at the helm, is a $30 million dollar project on Olive Street, a few blocks west of Grand Blvd, in the Grand Center Arts District in Midtown St. Louis. The development will consist of an apartment building with 34 units and 27 one and two-bedroom homes starting at $350,000.

A few names involved in West Olive Development Project: Emily PulitzerTatiana Bilbao | Michael Maltzan | MOS Architects

St. Louis plans Universal Basic Income Pilot Program

No human being should be left out on the street to starve or freeze to death.

The St. Louis Stimulus Advisory Board have plans to start a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot program also known as Direct Cash Assistance for people living below the poverty level. Sandra Moore said, “Various kinds of pilot programs have run and are running around the nation showing good results in the reduction and even the elimination of poverty.”

Other topics discussed in the St. Louis Advisory Board meeting were free public transportation, free internet and support for our unhouse neighbors. St. Louis has inequities that have spiraled out of control, especially during the pandemic.

Drastic times call for drastic measures and this is a bold and brave step in the right direction to help the hundreds of unhoused here in St. Louis. No human being should be left out on the street to starve or freeze to death.

VIDEO: STL Stimulus Advisory Board talks Direct Cash Assistance or UBI.

Sandra Moore plans UBI for St. Louis. Video from City of St. Louis YouTube Channel May 2, 2021

Congresswoman Cori Bush supports Mayor Tishaura O. Jones to Defund Police by 4 Million

April 29, 2021 Press Release

ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) released the following statement in support of City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ proposed budget amendments, which reallocate $4 million from the police budget into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, victim support services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and legal support to the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.

Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic

“For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “Previous administrations spent more per capita on policing than all comparable cities, building a police force that is larger than that of any city comparable to St. Louis. But even as more and more money has gone into policing, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department continues to be the deadliest police force in the nation, year after year — all while violence in our communities continues to skyrocket.

We are building a St. Louis where our schools are funded, and our unhoused neighbors can be sheltered

“The people have demanded a new approach to community safety — and from the Mayor’s office to the Halls of Congress, we were elected to deliver one. We have a mandate to fully fund our social services. To invest in our communities, not criminalize them. To end police violence. To provide alternatives to police like unarmed mental health professionals or social workers to respond to crisis calls. That is what organizers in our communities have fought for, that is what St. Louis has demanded, and that is what we, as elected officials, promised St. Louis. I’m incredibly proud to see Mayor Tishaura Jones deliver on this promise from City Hall — and know that she has my full support as I continue to work towards this goal from the U.S. Capitol.

“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city.  We are building a St. Louis where elected officials lead in partnership with activists, organizers, and our communities. We are building a St. Louis where our schools are funded, and our unhoused neighbors can be sheltered. We are building a St. Louis where our streets are safe and our youth can grow and prosper — where we can not just survive St. Louis, but thrive. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Mayor Tishaura Jones — and I commend her for her incredible leadership with today’s decision.”

Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.