Alex Ihnen

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Could It Be True? Blog: IKEA Store "Confirmed" for St. Louis

    St. Louis development blog Next STL says an IKEA store is finally -- finally! -- coming to St. Louis. IKEA itself has not confirmed the news, so Daily RFT is hesitant to get its hopes up. We've been here before. In May, a St. Louis architecture studio tweeted that IKEA would open on Forest Park Pa ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Global Foods Market to Delmar Loop? Grocer, Wash. U. Comment on Unconfirmed Report

    Rumors of this or that grocery store opening a Delmar Loop location have run rampant for years. The chatter has only intensified since Washington University announced its plans to build a massive retail-residential development in the Loop. Construction on the Wash. U. project is now under way, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Map Confirms Murder Concentration; City Urges a Look on the Bright Side

    Inspired by last week's New York Times piece, "A Chicago Divided by Killings," Alex Ihnen over at the urban affairs blog NextSTL has produced a map showing where homicides occurred in the city of St. Louis from 2005 to 2012. The map confirms empirically what is already known anecdotally: That murder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    [UPDATED] Hey, How About Turning Union Station Into...A Soccer Stadium?

    Update October 17: Alert reader Mike M. from Arlington, Virginia, has written in with a hopeful message about St. Louis' prospects for a Major League Soccer team. Find out what it is at the end of this post. ------ Original Post: As far as malls go, Union Station has always been kind of a dud. Sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    SLU Law School Drama! A Roundup

    Annette Clark resigned in fury yesterday from her position as dean of SLU's School of Law, and on her way out, issued a scathing letter to Fr. Lawrence Biondi, accusing him of essentially plundering the law school for about $1 million after saying he wouldn't. Oh, and this too, she writes: From the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Today You Can Weigh in on Arch Grounds Renovation -- Sort Of

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is holding an "open-house style" public meeting today, from 3 to 5 pm at City Hall. The topic: How should we reconnect downtown with our river and national monument when I-70 slices right between them?MoDOT is going to "discuss several proposed alternatives" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    City to River Boulevard Plan Gains Steam as Arch Designs Come Due

    Today's the deadline for the five finalists in the National Park Service's competition to redesign grounds around St. Louis' famed Gateway Arch. They didn't go for the Arch Slinky. Weird.​Oddly, even after our inspirational and, dare we say it, revolutionary suggestions last month, the RFT ... More >>