Randy wrote:Hate to say it, but: What St. Charles is doing with The Streets of St. Charles is actually more "urban" than what Maplewood is doing in its downtown and around its Metro station(s). Doesn't actually inspire much confidence that this region understands urban form or TOD.
You're comparing apples and oranges.
Streets of St. Charles (St. Charles):
-visibility of 200,000 vehicles going by on an interstate
-a casino 1/2 mile away
-city population of 65,000
-still growing outer ring suburb
-median household income $48,000
-median home value $150,000
-no interstate visibilty
-city population 8,000
-landlocked inner ring suburb
-median household income $32,000
-median home value $98,000
Yes: Maplewood needs to step it's ass up in codes and TOD.
I believe a lot of the city officials are still stuck in the 90's when Maplewood was a dying, "rougher" place. Maplewood has turned the corner and they need to stop thinking that way as well as start looking forward to a more urban future.