On a clear March day in downtown St. Louis, young professionals and preservationists unfurled their signs, pulled out bullhorns and called the media for an old-fashioned rally. About 100 members of Metropolis and Build St. Louis marched up and down the 900 block of Locust Street, waving signs and chanting. "Save our Syndicate!" they shouted. "Parking lot? I think not!" The focus of their efforts was the Syndicate Trust building, a hulking brick-and-terra-cotta 17-story skyscraper and its attached property, the 100-year-old Century Building, which occupy the entire block directly west of the Old Post Office. Both structures, considered pivotal in the development of the central pocket of downtown, could soon have a date with the wrecking ball if owner Mark Finney gets his way. Where the Syndicate now stands, Finney envisions a state-of-the-art parking garage that will hold more than 1,000 cars. Finney's vision has... More >>>
By Jennifer Silverberg
Mike Jones' solution: "Wait for the market to collapse. Then shoot the wounded and push everyone off the cliff."