Monday, October 29, 2007

Subdivision Trustees Blog

St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods, and for parts of our region a "subdivision" is the legal construct for neighborhood. For most of the city, the lines for "subdivisions" were blurred years ago, showing up now only in arcane legal descriptions on abstracts of title. Old farm tracts were subdivided into lots, and neighborhoods were built. Today, neighborhood organizations are the active community groups for many of these areas.

However, in lots of places througout our region, subdivision developers created their own neighborhood governing bodies. Subdivision covenants, or rules, were established, and are operated through locally elected subdivision trustees. These trustees are responsible for maintaining the standards as set out in the original subdivision codes.

A new blog is up discussing neighborhood issues from the trustee and subdivision resident perspective. Check it out at:


UrbanReviewSTL said...

Actually, I don't find the old subdivision notation so arcane. The purpose was simply to identify that platting of land rather than another. Thus, neighborhoods were often comprised of multiple subdivisions of land. Once complete, these multiple subdivisions created connected streets and neigborhoods. It was this very auto-centric notition of creating isolated subdivisions --- apart from its surroundings --- that is now arcane.

Rick Bonasch said...

"Arcane" in terms of not being widely known, that's all.