RobbyD wrote: stlwriterman wrote:
Re New Town...Of families for whom parochial schools are on the table, how many would want that development moved right off Shaw Gardens or near Forest Park...
Again, that development pretty much already does exist by Shaw Gardens and Forest Park. Except instead of "New Town" it's called Shaw, Tower Grove South, Skinker-DeBalivere and the Central West End. New Town = Old Town West.
Agreed, but the one glaring difference is that New Town is brand spanking new construction...
Agreed, and that's what I meant by the no/low-maintenance. Before anyone starts in on shoddy construction of new homes, what I mean here is that buying a brand-new home (usually with a builders warranty, for what that's worth) *usually* gives some freedom from expensive worries like broken furnace/AC, leaky roof, etc., and *usually* means greater energy-efficiency, etc. Yes, I do realize that many older homes in the TGS, SdB & CWE have been retrofitted, but are those "like new" houses as affordable, in terms of "what's-my-monthly-payment-going-to-be"?
An earlier comment was "...aside perhaps from the schools...." -
That's a pretty big aside.
Yes, this is totally beating the long-dead horse, but this is a huge issue holding the city back.
For families really wanting to "put down roots" and invest in the community - and I don't mean just monetary investment - schools are a huge issue. People toss out the the parochial schools, charters, etc., as viable options, and absolutely they are, but those are almost all elementary grades, and those elementary days go by in the blink of an eye.
If you're a parent with a time horizon of 10-15 years or more you're going to have to consider what High School options are available, and if you're looking for a non-religious, affordable "neighborhood" (or nearby) school your options are quite limited.
Please don't get me wrong - I love the city neighborhoods and all that they offer. But there's no one "correct" answer for many decisions like this and if you're a middle-income parent with 2.3 grade-school-aged kids, you have to weigh the pros and cons.