Craig Heller

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    St. Louis Streetcar: Proposed Trolley to Connect CWE, Midtown, Downtown and North City

    St. Louis took longer than most cities to abandon the streetcar, finally choosing buses and cars over trams in 1966. But streetcars are making a comeback, and we don't just mean in the Loop. As more people move into cities and look for public-transit options, Kansas City, Seattle, San Antonio, Port ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Spy Games and Celebrity Sightings at St. Louis-Area Bookstores

    image viaWatch out, she may be packing an iPhone.​As everybody knows, the Christmas-shopping season is the most hectic time to be in retail -- as both a seller and as a consumer -- and this year, there's an extra frisson of excitement in St. Louis bookstores, thanks to some corporate espionage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Jury Finds HBD Contracting at Fault for Damage to Maurizio's Pizza Downtown's Pizza at Olive and 11th streets​After a two-week trial, a city jury decided late last Friday evening that HBD Contracting Inc., the contractor of downtown developer Craig Heller, was at fault for damaging the Maurizio's Pizza building at Olive and 11th streets back in 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    John Steffen Re-Indicted; Feds Claim St. Louis Developer Defrauded Bank

    In 2007, John Steffen (far left) and another developer, Craig Heller, received recognition from First Lady Laura Bush.​Nine months after a court dismissed a federal indictment against John Steffen, the U.S. Attorney's office is again filing charges against the developer, who's best known for trans ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    John Steffen: Owner of Pyramid Construction Indicted for Fraud

    One of the St. Louis' biggest downtown developers of the past decade was indicted this morning on federal fraud charges.georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.govJohn Steffen (left) and fellow St. Louis developer Craig Heller receive a preservation award from Laura Bush in May 2007.​The United States Att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Last Night: Left Bank Books Heads Downtown -- It Just Needs a Few More Books

    Left Bank Books, the venerable Central West End bookstore that recently turned 39 "for the first time," in the words of events coordinator Danielle Borsch, held a grand opening celebration at its new downtown location, 321 North Tenth Street, last night.Ben Brantley, the eleven-year-old son of co-ow ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2006

    Paint It Black

    Downtown's movers and shakers can't wait for St. Louis Centre's overhaul

  • News

    May 4, 2005


    Downtown real estate speculator David Jump goes for the jugular when he smells blood. Who the hell is this guy?

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Lost Downtown

    Amid the lofty renaissance, the hardcore of the urban core

  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Balling Half the Night

    Downtown life gets a new soundtrack

  • News

    February 11, 2004


    Week of February 11, 2004

  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Going Postal

    Maybe its time to revisit Steve Stogels redevelopment plan for the Old Post Office downtown

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Collateral Damage

    Pizza man is all broken up about his new crack

  • News

    August 28, 2002


    Downtown Memphis is already where downtown St. Louis hopes to go

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    Smoke and Numbers

    In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's

  • News

    April 17, 2002

    Mmmm, Mmmm, Good

    Holden tucks into Slay's Old Post Office recipe

  • News

    March 27, 2002

    Price of Thugdom

    Hardball tactics sully the robes of St. Francis and drown out his message

  • News

    March 20, 2002

    Songs of Shame

    Slay and Rigali arias soured by lack of decisive action and bully-boy politics

  • News

    March 20, 2002

    Wrecking Crew

    Slay and his Old Post Office plan allies knock down two rivals with hardball and humiliation

  • News

    August 8, 2001

    When the Levy Breaks

    Two years and more than $4 million later, a downtown tax is drowning under charges that it was illegally imposed

  • News

    June 13, 2001

    Wrecking Brawl

    For eight years, the city has kept Mark Finney from replacing the historic Syndicate Trust Building with a parking garage. He says, "Buy it or get the hell out of the way." It's time to put up or shut up.

  • Dining

    December 27, 2000

    Let Them Eat Y2Cake

    Dining out at the end of the millennium

  • News

    August 30, 2000

    True Believer

    Craig Heller sees the future of downtown -- and it works