Monday, November 17, 2008

Short List Twitter

I was slow to the blog scene, and am certain will never get to the twitter thing. Besides there being no way people would be interested in following my every move, I never want to be trying to operate one of those tiny keyboard, blackberry in the category of appropos of nothing, here's a quick shortlist from a long weekend away from the keyboard...

Had a brother visit this weekend from California. Picked him up at the airport on Metrolink, which he thought was great, then spent a few days together getting around and seeing some of the places that make this place great. Started at Blueberry Hill (exiting the Delmar Metro station), then Broadway Oyster Bar, Iron Barley, Fast Eddies, a couple of Macklind Avenue spots, raking leaves into the street (me - not him), St. Louis Bread Company, and the Old Court House. By the end, he was thinking how a St. Louis lifestyle could suit him just fine. The sense of neighborhood and community we have here is a thing you can't package.

Over at Ecology of Absence, Michael Allen notes that there around 30 "half flounder" buildings left in the City of St. Louis. I wonder if the old part of the Broadway Oyster Bar (the eastern half) counts toward that total? Based on Michael's description, it sounds like one of the type, dating to the 1850-60s. Whether or not it's a legit half flounder, the place has great food, service, atmosphere, and music.

If you're in the market for furniture, check out the ground floor of Macy's at Northwest Plaza. The prices are amazing (about 1/3 retail), and there's a neighborhood guy who works side deals for same day home delivery, even on Sundays. Well worth the trip.

Had a message in my in-box from a new startup urban magazine called "Knot". They were looking for "categories" describing St. Louis. Got any suggestions? Post them here and the writers at "Knot" might work them into a future article.

From over at Urban Review St. Louis, there's news of a charrette being held tonight in downtown St. Louis to discuss the future of Lucas Park. Thanks to Steve Patterson for the tip, and for setting me straight on how many "r's" and how many "t's" there are in the word "charrette".

Got a thought about what to do at the Arch? It's a topic that interests architects and planners, but for the most part, the general public has taken little notice. Ideas run the gamut (that is spelled correctly), but a consensus for the future of the Arch seems nowhere in sight. A hundred divergent views results in what?

Since we made that trip to the furniture department at Macy's, we now have available a twin sized Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress and box spring, with steel frame and a Cardinal red head board, all in excellent condition. Interested? No reasonable offer refused. Email me at for more info.


Seth Teel said...

Will the magazine focus on St. Louis, or are they just planning a St. Louis feature and looking for ideas? Since its and urban magazine I assume the majority would be about the City and inner-ring? I think a great reoccuring column would detail the revitalization and rebirth of the city one neighborhood at a time. When I ride my bike through the city I see developments in each. The grass roots sporadic redvelopment of St. Louis is what makes this city great. I am sure the neighborhood organizations and dedicated residents would have plenty of input for a weekly neighborhood article.

Seeing St. Louis said...

Hi Rick,
Sorry to contact you via comment but I didn't see an email address for you on your site. I wanted to let you know about a book I just published. It is called Disappearing St. Louis and it presents 55 color images I captured over a three-year period. They depict the poor conditions of homes, churches, and commercial buildings across the city in historic neighborhoods such as Old North St. Louis, Vandeventer, Fountain Park, Academy, JeffVanderLou, and Hyde Park.

I created this book because I wanted to bring greater awareness to the issues faced by the city in the hopes of bringing greater support to help solve them. As part of that goal, I have decided to donate all profits from the sale of my book to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.

If you'd like to help spread the word, would you consider mentioning the book on your site? You can learn more about it here (


Amy Fontinelle
Seeing St. Louis

Rick Bonasch said...

Hi Amy-

Thanks for your note and the heads up...I thought there was an email address provided on the profile page.

There's one there

Your book sounds great. Thanks for visiting the site.


Knot said...

Re: Seth's comments

I'm Jordan, the editor of Knot. Knot is based in St. Louis, and some of our future issues might be about a particular place or space in St. Louis, and others might not. We are generally more interested in the city, but if a compelling issue or idea catches our eyes in the suburbs, we'll address that, too.

Knot is about urbanism and architecture. We like to keep the mission of the publication as wide open as possible. Basically, each issue will take an interdisciplinary look at a particular idea involving cities or buildings. The development of neighborhoods is definitely of interest to us, and if you have a suggestion of a particular place to look at, email us at knot [dot] editors [at] gmail. We would love to check it out. Each issue will be very brief (more like a brochure than a magazine. It is, at the moment, a small pet project for some friends and I), so we hadn't really considered doing a recurring feature. But, Seth, you raise an interesting idea that we will definitely talk more about.

I should mention, as well, that Knot is not a conventional publication. It will be free, it will not contain any advertising, and it will be distributed by being placed in public spaces (maybe even hidden). The hope is that people who might not seek it out a publication about architecture and urbanism will find it and enjoy it. Of course, anyone who wants to receive each issue can email us, and we will make sure that they get one.

If anyone would like to know more, feel free to email us at knot [dot] editors [at] gmail.

Thanks for posting about us, Rick!