The Great Rivers Greenway District

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Design firm chosen for Chouteau Greenway:

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... c30ef.html
While I usually appreciate GRG's projects, some of the latest ones I've heard of I haven't found too appealing. Like putting a park at Laclede's Landing (https://www.stlmag.com/news/lacledes-la ... of-invest/). Why would we put a park on what is essentially prime urban real estate? Poorly placed and excessive parks can really kill urban vibrancy, as they're often dead spaces, like the US Bank plaza at 7th. Not to mention it'll be a tax liability instead of an asset.

I'm also worried converting the parking wasteland south of the stadium into a park may preclude private developers from developing it, not to mention set the urban core back by plopping another dead space there. I realize there's a need for better pedestrian connections south of downtown, but I feel like we should be going about it differently... Does anyone feel the same?
I don't think you're alone, no. Felt to me like most folks here were none too pleased with the park idea on Laclede's Landing. And I, for one, was quite disappointed in their decision of design teams for the Chouteau Greenway.
Don't worry; I sent several messages to them and they don't even bother to reply.

All they care about is blowing money on underutilized green space.

Anyone have a direct contact to someone at GRG? Not that it'll change anything, as they already seem hellbent on more memorial parks.
bwcrow1s wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:36 am
Don't worry; I sent several messages to them and they don't even bother to reply.

All they care about is blowing money on underutilized green space.

Anyone have a direct contact to someone at GRG? Not that it'll change anything, as they already seem hellbent on more memorial parks.
I haven't contacted them, but from what I heard from multiple people, contacting them this way hasn't really helped.

Is there anything we can actually do to have our opinions heard in regard to GRG? Like contacting the higher higher ups? After all we do pay sales taxes on this organization. It should be more public engaging than "choose one of four options".

I guess voicing opinions out in the public forum can help (https://www.buildingstlnews.com/the-blo ... f-the-city; agree with the headline, though I think the hard abatement suggestion is misguided), but does anyone have any better ideas?
But isn't GRG's whole purpose to build, you know, greenways?
GRG is both responsive and responsible. Try using their website. The staff and their emails are available there.
I've typically gotten responses from them myself, and you can always call or go visit their office. They have a front desk.

Great Rivers Greenway
6178 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63112
Phone: 314-436-7009
Email: info@grgstl.org