I have been interested in cities and their history for as long as I can remember. I enjoyed reading about Heinrich Schliemann‘s discovery of Troy and was fascinated by remnants of the past whose use could be speculated about. Rarely is there an account like the Iliad to explain a site. It wasn’t until more recently that I started to really want to personally dig into St. Louis’ history. I transfered to SLU in 2005 and started to explore the area just south of Campus. The first place I visited was The Armory. The Armory was accessible to me because of a pedestrian bridge in between the two directions of highway 40 at Spring Ave, and from this pedestrian bridge I was able to see the remains of the Spring Ave. Viaduct.
Looking North from Market and Spring
For some reason seeing this old viaduct in the tattered state it was in then was fascinating to me. Immediately I began planning a trip to the more substantial chunk of bridge remaining.
Spring Ave @ Metrolink Tracks
Unfortunately the remains of the viaduct have been torn down, which is really a pity because I wanted to see it restored as a way for SLU students to safely get to the sadly inaccessible Grand Metrolink stop. UrbanReviewSTL proposed something similar to this back in 2007. Hopefully the Metrolink accessibility situation will be improved when the Grand Bridge is rebuilt.
Metrolink @ Spring
This whole area where Highway 40 rolls through midtown is very interesting and makes me very curious about what Market street here looked like before the highway was built. Recent rehabs along Forest Park Parkway such as the University Heights Loft Apartments (which I enjoyed living in for a year), the Spring Street Lofts, Six Row Brewing Company, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology are bringing life to this area that could possibly extend down to the highway and hopefully continue south. There was a big project being planned for the entire south side of Forest Park Parkway from Vandeventer all the way to Spring or even past it, replacing the Federal Mogul Plant (which seems to be abandoned despite having a 24 hour security guard) with a large shopping center. Luckily it seems that this is not being planned anymore as I have not been able to find any links which mention it at this time.