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January 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

Flashback Friday

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A Public Service bus in the foreground heads east on Manchester Avenue as it turns into Chouteau Avenue and crosses Vandeventer. The year is 1958.

Sadly, the ornate domed building that once filled the sliver of land between the confluence of Vandeventer and Manchester/Chouteau is gone but the building behind it is still there, now housing the St. Louis Effort for Aids.

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Photo courtesy of Joe Sonderman

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  1. Ryan says:

    What a beautiful parking lot is there now instead of being demolished for a good reason like building a beautiful new building it’s the automobiles destruction of cities and the only cities that will survive are ones that don’t continue with demolishing for parking garages or were built before the destruction era. Hmm if only we had public transit IN the city like oh I don’t know a train on the streets so no one HAS to have a car or ride a super appealing bus which would result in less traffic trying to get to your beautiful historic home in the CITY not high rise apartments that should be used for offices so that the city has jobs. I wish we had some people that have a passion for this city in office instead of people who demolish the century building for a parking garage.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Ryan, as a public transportation agency, we’re all for less cars on the road. As for your streetcar suggestion, our Northside-Southside option in our long-range plan includes a street running light rail component in Downtown St. Louis. As with all projects, whether it’s light rail, streetcar, but rapid transit, etc. requires dedicated funding.

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