I drove by this morning, and I think it's safe to say that this bad boy is officially above ground!
Easy for Copenhagen to say. It's a compact, dense, dead-flat city. What works there doesn't necessarily work elsewhere.
Worst "groundbreaking" ceremony ever!

Looking at the camera today, they're definitely prepping to pour some above-grade, first-floor columns. Rebar is in place in the lower left corner.

This is when it gets good!
I noticed that Clayco's website says that this will have a reinforced concrete structure. I had assumed it would be steel, given the unusual angles and such.
Nice write-up in the Washington Post, including several good pics. Note the drilling for One Hundred in the background of this shot at the Chase pool: https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1484w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2018/06/13/Travel/Images/20180603_STLtravel187.jpg https://www.washingtonpost....
Missouri Attorney General files suit against McKee: https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/mo-attorney-general-accuses-paul-mckee-s-northside-regeneration-of/article_e067f2a6-18ec-5d5f-8e54-ab7a2f2cba0c.html#utm_source=stltoday.com&utm_campaign=BreakingNewsNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=30...
If we want to get serious about violent crime in the City, then we need to get serious about sentencing repeat offenders. This guy robbed an ice cream shop in the CWE and punched the sales clerk several times, breaking her nose. He then ran off, resisted arrest, and threatened an officer with a brok...
St. Louis wants to cut ties with Northside developer Paul McKee https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/st-louis-wants-to-cut-ties-with-northside-developer-paul/article_88ba714f-10be-5665-be8a-e3df35f5e341.html#utm_source=stltoday.com&utm_campaign=BreakingNewsNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=...
When did SLU buy Centene?
"The visionaries of the Loop Trolley hope that the 2.2-mile loop from University City Hall to the Missouri History Museum is just the beginning. Expansion routes could include a loop around Forest Park or an extension eastward on Delmar Boulevard through the Central West End to Grand Boulevard." htt...
Nice write-up in the Chicago Tribune:

www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/trave ... story.html

Some interesting new forms starting to appear:

Buildings are down. This stretch of Forest Park Blvd. already looks very different.
Sounds like some good changes were made. This is the way neighbors and developers should work together.

(And yes, having walked my dog along Clayton Road, the extra grass strip is indeed welcome!)
But why was the permit denied in the first place? How does this affect the development?
Formal complaint filed against U City for violations of the open meetings Sunshine Law (regarding tonight's limited-seating public hearing). https://patch.com/missouri/universitycity/u-city-watchdog-files-sunshine-complaint-against-tif-commission?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_te...
FWIW, there's a poll on Next Door which shows 71% generally in favor, and 22% generally opposed, with 4% in the middle. This represents 144 people responding to the poll. Not scientific, of course.
Its strange that she's getting so defensive, because they've got the votes on the City Council, and seemingly the great majority of U City residents are in favor too. There's really nothing (other than Novus's financing) that can stop the project.
Bryan Cave commits to Downtown for another 10 years:

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 2db50.html
A U City councilmember fired her cleaning lady because she wrote a letter opposing the TIF. Classy:

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblo ... posing-tif
Not a good sign for downtown retailing in general. Lord & Taylor is closing it's iconic 5th Avenue store in New York:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/compani ... spartanntp
Rawlings is being sold to a group which includes Major League Baseball: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/st-louis-county-based-rawlings-sold-to-group-that-includes/article_9695321a-a1e5-57ce-aeb9-72abe9fa19fa.html#utm_source=stltoday.com&utm_campaign=BreakingNewsNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm...