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It’s back, the Friday Live Chat. You know what to do – just use the comments section below. We’re in from 2:00 to 3:00 PM today. See you in the comments below:

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  • Kyle O’Connor

    Any activity with the old Flastaff brewery on Shenandoah? My fantasy adaptive reuse there would be a new art and design school on par with CalArts or RISD.

  • RJ

    Now that the new Kiener Plaza has opened is there anything the City can do with those two awful garages? The exterior needs major upgrades and it wouldn’t hurt to add a 30 or 40-story residential tower on each building so people are living across the street

    • citylover

      Maybe some decent retail and restaurant too. They did an okay job with pedestrian improvements. Lot easier to get to kiener from garages and surrounding blocks

      • RJ

        While were at it lets close 6th street from the dome/convention center to Kiener Plaza and convert it to an outdoor pedestrian mall with more small business shops, art and green space like you see in Europe

        • citylover

          ? Just saying the new extended curbs make it more walkable

    • Kevin Farrell

      30 or 40 story may be too high but the two blocks could be split between office and residential use with street retail (and garage). This location and view may offer the best location to attract possible headquarter for non-downtown tenant for office component. Also a chance for great contemporary architecture. All of the investment in Citygarden and now Kiener should drive economic development activity. So far, just the opposite at Citygarden (vacant AT&T) but redevelopment of the Kiener Garages would be a huge step. Plus taking out the garages would be addition by subtraction.

  • Mark Poepsel

    I heard Alex on St. Louis on the Air and want to know if there’s interest in having our students (SIUE) work on news article for nextSTL during or after the “leadership transition.”

    • Alex Ihnen

      Yes. I have at various times in the past solicited contributions and there’s always been an open door. I suspect that Jason will welcome the same and it’s something I may continue to help with.

      • Mark Poepsel

        Cool. I think what I would do would be to teach students to develop story pitches and then to see which ones you / Jason would want them to pursue. It could become a regular thing but for starters would work on a story-by-story basis, and for my purposes I could still come up with things for students not subbing to nextSTL to do along the same time frame.

        (I teach management, writing, design, broadcast, and graduate research methods courses at SIUE.)

        • Alex Ihnen

          Excellent! I think doing reports on known monthly news, like the Preservation Board meetings, etc. could be a good place to start. It could help to have a “submissions” page and email – one more thing I’d hoped/meant to do long ago.

          • Mark Poepsel

            That’d make sense – go through a set process rather than doing the email do-si-do. I usually teach video / audio writing classes with a little production thrown in (by me), so I’d have them produce video stories and “Web versions.”

          • Alex Ihnen

            Would also be awesome. Biggest challenge has always seemed to be consistency and a plan that would last longer than a couple months. It’s difficult to sustain output/content. But if someone like you were helping direct/encourage/guide, I can see it working.

          • Mark Poepsel

            Well, we have a philosophy guiding us, which is the push towards the “learning hospital model” of J schools, only we’re not a Journalism School, per se.

            But what we do have is regular semesters with regular assignments. It might only be 3-4 stories per semester, depending on the students, and with semesters working as they do we don’t have the same classes over Christmas and May-July (although I still teach, just not anything with outside reporting…unless I create a class, which I’d be willing to do, but we should have something working on a small scale first).

  • tpekren

    You could say that their is hotel arms race for CWE with Aloft @ CORTEX, Westin brand if I got that right on FPP, Green Streets Armory phase II hotel tower and the dormant Drury in FPSE. Any thoughts who builds first, or maybe say second? Pretty much assuming Aloft will be under construction soon if not already. Will we see another hotel proposal? Wouldn’t be surprised if Foundry comes up with a hotel in the mix and you got the Koplar/Koman/Clayco group that has gone quiet as One Hundred group beat them to the punch on a high rise residential tower.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Good Q. The delays at Cortex aren’t encouraging, but I still assume Aloft gets done. I’d say the Westin on FP Ave is the most sure thing. Armory? Assuming their offices fill, then it will come too. Would be nice access to SLU & SLU Med as well.

      • tpekren

        The Aloft seems a given & scratch my head on why it would be delayed in the first place now Wexford is moving forward on first infill of old US Metals site. Also scratch my head about need for wet lab space and CORTEX silence on that unless their is really a need out there.

        Excited about Armory if Green Streets can pull off a hotel tower with well thought out platform design as well as at grade access to metrolink station & a future pedestrian bridge to Foundry. Talk about a huge transformation for the immediate area if you can throw in an at grade FPP & Grand intersection in the mix

  • citylover

    If St. Louis had a writing/publishing mecca where would it be? Downtown…grand center…? In most places I think downtown but grand center is the arts and cultural center. Or at least they advertise themselves that way.

    If someone had a really innovative fresh concept where would everyone point to?

    • > If someone had a really innovative fresh concept where would everyone point to?

      Can you clarify?

    • tpekren

      I think anything that helps Grand Center remain the arts and cultural center is a plus. Writing/publishing niche is most likely going to be small in scope but talk about a great fit for Grand Center on that top of the fact that Grand Center is ideally situated along the central corridor & halfway between downtown & Clayton CBD, neutral site you can say for area universities & and accessible by transit (a Grand Center BRT or even streetcar line would make it even better and more accessible)

    • Kyle O’Connor

      i would love to see film and television industry to go with your writing/publishing mecca. I work in tv in NYC (thinking of move back to stl. But what the heck would I do for a living?). Thanks to tax incentives industry is booming, but Atlanta and smaller cities like Pittsburgh have also attracted the industry, which provides a wide variety of good paying union jobs. I could see sound stages in Kosciusko or near north riverfront, or the industrial area along Vandeventer between Chouteau and Tower Grove.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Midtown Alley / Locust Street?

    • STLExplorer

      How about Jefferson and Miami? Concordia Publishing is there (with space to lease out to other businesses), and we have the future Louis Lange Publishing apartments just a block away. Plus Sump Coffee is a great place to write…

  • WikiWild

    Homelessness – not an issue that comes to mind when talking about St. Louis development but with the news this week that the City would be spending $120k to building a temporary structure to house 75 homeless men for 6 months, I figured this was an issue that deserved some brain-storming from the benevolent folks who read nextSTL. An issue that involves nimbyism, politics, money and ethics deserves some good discussion. With the NYEC just off of Wash Ave now closed, I’m not sure how the city was not better prepared for the influx of desperate people. Is anyone reading closer to the issue who can comment? The Post Dispatch articles don’t offer much detail.

    • Frank Absher

      I can tell you from having been in the NLEC that the place was a pit.

      • WikiWild

        I have heard nothing but horror stories about that place.

    • Alex Ihnen

      I agree it’s simply under-discussed. Regionally, it’s a city issue, and the there’s no real pressure on the city to do more. It’s a sad situation and I don’t know how/when/where more pressure is applied to force a better, more creative, effective solution. 🙁

      • tpekren

        Believe the MO state house leader threatened or proposes to put legislation on next years agenda to force city back into the county. Not sure if I got all the details right and who knows if something statehouse would entertain. But I think its interesting to note that some/or at least speculate on the unintended consequences including the fact that homelessness under the radar becomes a boarder issue..

        Like Alex notes, regionally everyone takes it as a city issue and current govt structure of city being its own county will keep it that way for foreseeable future. County gets to ignore it and the 90 some muni’s in the county simply are not going to be able to deal with it individually.

  • stlnative

    Adios, Pevely.

    :'(