A Tale of Two Buildings

Things are looking up for the Arcade Building, but what will happen to the Marquette Building is anyone's guess; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: Say what you will about William Tecumseh Sherman, at least he had the sense to know war was hell and that he didn't want to be president. If only Ulysses S. Grant had followed his lead. Sherman, who is buried in Calvary Cemetery, is one of five folks being honored this year with sidewalk stars on the University City Loop. Thousands will step on their names, as they do the other celebs', on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Robert Guillaume, a 1999 inductee, will deliver the keynote address. This year's inductees, in addition to Sherman, are singer Fontella Bass, photographer Walker Evans, baseball player and manager Rogers Hornsby and Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee.... Sometimes an author doesn't even know what he wrote about. Take Peter Golenbock, hyping his book The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns on KTRS (550 AM) last week with Dan Dierdorf, Kevin Slaten and Wendy Wiese. Golenbock said that the baseball owners had scheduled a meeting on Dec. 8, 1941, to discuss moving the Cardinals to Los Angeles. But we all know what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 -- the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That day lived in infamy, though Dec. 8 might also have been a candidate for infamy if the Cardinals had moved. Trouble is, despite what Golenbock said on KTRS, in actuality -- and even in his own book -- the St. Louis Browns were the team that might have been sent packing to California. Good thing this Golenbock isn't a surgeon -- he'd cut off the wrong leg. As it happened, it took a world war for the Browns to win a pennant, in 1944, and in 1954 the Browns moved to Baltimore and mutated into the Orioles, ending up in Camden Yards. As for the Cardinals, they stayed and now want a new stadium.... Maybe now it's apparent why Tenet Healthcare didn't invest in any more permanent signage for its Lafayette-Grand, uh, Compton Heights Hospital. The old Incarnate Word Hospital is closing, another casualty in the competitive hospital market. A smaller, but telling, development in local health care occurred April 17: Jewish Hospital, long since merged into Barnes-Jewish Hospital as part of BJC Health System, closed its emergency room. Actually the old Jewish ER is now called an "urgent care" center, open from 9 a.m.-1 a.m. for patients with minor illnesses or "minor scrapes, cuts or bruises." Patients suffering from anything more serious will go the Barnes ER, which is a Level 1 trauma center. For the ill and injured, the change is not that dramatic, but it's one more sign of the fading identity of Jewish Hospital.

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