St. Louis Centre

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Big Changes Coming to the Mark Twain Hotel, Once a Safe Haven for City's Most Troubled

    The Mark Twain Hotel — despite its long and controversial history — is still gorgeous on the outside. Intricate, cream-colored terra-cotta bands wrap three sides of the former luxury hotel, including the entirety of the second floor. Griffins and cherubs stare down at loiterers on the si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Will Transformed St. Louis Centre Building Succeed Where Old Mall Failed?

    When it opened in 1985, St. Louis Centre was to be downtown's remedy to decades of retail business lost to the suburbs. Instead the massive shopping center -- said to be the largest urban mall when it opened in 1985 -- was a tremendous flop. Within a decade of its debut, St. Louis Centre was struggl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Buildings=Energy Architecture Exhibit Highlights Sustainable Construction

    It's only fitting that what was once the ground floor of St. Louis Centre -- and is today being transformed into the sleek and hip MX (that's short for Mercantile Exchange, btw) -- would be the site for an architecture display on the future of urban design. Kicking off tonight (5-8 p.m. at 635 Locus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Boring! CVC Fumbles Proposal for Dome

    ​If the negotiations to keep the Rams in St. Louis were a football game, it would be late in the fourth quarter with under two minutes to play. St. Louis would be trailing by a touchdown and starting out on its own 10-yard line. So, what would make the most sense on that first play of the drive? A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Pi to Open New Location at Mercantile Exchange Downtown

    Courtesy: StandPoint Public AffairsA rendering of the new Mercantile Exchange project downtown​The ever-expanding Pi pizza empire -- I think it's safe to call it an empire at this point, no? -- will open its fifth location at the new Mercantile Exchange development downtown, the restaurant and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    American City: St. Louis Architecture Gets a Coffee Table Book

    The intake tower at the Chain of Rocks bridge serves as the cover image for Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren's new book about St. Louis architecture.​Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren came here in 2006 on a discreet assignment: to report for the New York Times on yet another plan for the St. Loui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Nordstrom Rack: Death Knell for Area Malls?

    shop.nordstrom.comCrowds gather at a Nordstrom Rack opening in Houston.​As all St. Louis shopaholics certainly know, today is the grand opening of the region's first Nordstrom Rack, the off-price warehouse of the famous department store. The retailer welcomed customers about two hours ago to its s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    St. Louis to Get Blues Hall of Fame, 10-Day Bluesweek Musical Festival

    Photo: Diana BenantiLeft to right: Blues musicians Bob Case, Roland Johnson and Mayor Francis Slay. ​Organizers of a new music festival to be called St. Louis Bluesweek held a press conference downtown yesterday to announce their lineup and unveil plans for construction of a new Blues Hall of Fame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Hum, the English Beat, Wrecking Ball Swings, Mini Lady Gaga

    If you're one of the seven people who didn't watch the Lost finale last night -- or see any of the show, ever -- you can breathe a little easier this morning. Drive-time radio talkers won't be wheezing about it on-air any longer and publications ranging from your uncle's blog to the New York Times w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Now for a Bizarre Video from St. Louis Centre

    The late Pete Parisi, right, in 1998, with a mall shopper who had just been kicked out of St. Louis Centre.​The wrecking ball swings on St. Louis Centre in about five hours. So how about a look back at the mall during its not-so-glory days in the late 1990s? In the following video clip the late Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Video of the St. Louis Centre Skybridge Getting Thwacked with a Wrecking Ball

    The wreckage. Flares and what sounded like amped-up explosion sound effects accented the display. ​About 5 p.m. tonight, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay strapped on his orange construction vest and took the ceremonial first whack with a wrecking ball at the four-story St. Louis Centre skybridge. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Wrecking Ball: Party Friday to Celebrate Demolition of St. Louis Centre Skybridge

    An artist's rendering of what the scene will look like on Friday. Click for larger version.​You've got to hand it to the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis for using some bold PR "strategery" to spin the demolition of downtown's symbol of failure into something of a party.On Friday afternoon, the ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Hey St. Louis, About That Billionaire Knocking on Your Door...

    ​Attention St. Louis City residents: If this guy knocks on your door in the next few weeks, don't worry. He's not -- we repeat not -- a Jehovah's Witness. Though he is attempting to convert you. His name is Rex Sinquefield, and he wants your help eliminating the city's 1 percent earnings tax. Sinq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    St. Louis Centre Is Indeed to Become Parking Garage!

    Today's Post-Dispatch lays out in detail what apparently has been kicked around now for the past few months. The failed downtown shopping mall, St. Louis Centre, is going to be converted into a parking garage. Well, mostly anyway. / CC BY-NC 2.0​

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Latest Plan for St. Louis Centre: Parking

    At least that's what I inferred today from a story in the St. Louis Business Journal. The article about a $5-million loan to developer SCR Investments for the rehabbing of the office building One City Centre also states (almost in passing) that the mostly vacant shopping mall St. Louis Centre will b ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2009
  • News

    October 31, 2007

    Ray Hartmann: I Love You!

    Ex-staffers share glowing recollections of their old boss.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    Ladue News: Read It Here First!

    Super snaps to the Ladue News, which appears to have broken a chunk of the evolving St. Louis Centre story that earned banner placement in the Post-Dispatch yesterday. The eminent LN -- like the Post, part of the Lee Enterprises empire of fine journalism -- had the scoop back on August 3! Not that ... More >>

  • News

    May 16, 2007

    Bad Blood

    Ever hear the one about the unions and the convention bureau?

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    STL Centre of Attention

    St. Louis Centre remains the zit on downtown's increasingly attractive face. Now the mayor's office is one vote away from popping that bugger, and Darlene Green, the comptroller, is worried city taxpayers will be left with a mess. Tomorrow the Board of Estimate & Apportionment -- composed of Mayor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2006

    Not from Venus

    They are Venus

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of March 2, 2006

  • Calendar

    February 22, 2006

    Mardi Gras Column

    Week of February 23, 2006

  • Calendar

    February 15, 2006
  • News

    January 11, 2006

    Paint It Black

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

  • News

    January 11, 2006

    Sweet and Lo-Fi

    Bill Streeter's vlog is how others see us

  • Calendar

    November 30, 2005

    It's Not Mall Art

    But it's at the mall...

  • News

    November 9, 2005

    Money Down

    We diversify our investment portfolio (hint: it involves scuba gear!), get metaphysical and bump into one of the strangest Bargain Box items yet. Plus: What's Buggin' Sly Brown?

  • Calendar

    September 7, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of September 7, 2005

  • News

    July 13, 2005

    Everybody's Doing It

    Unreal plays fair with an all-inclusive sex survey and celebrates the St. Louis Centre skybridge's dramatic relocation to the Loop

  • Calendar

    April 27, 2005

    Go Fourth

    And spread local artistic cheer

  • News

    April 6, 2005

    Unreal Fouls Out of the Final Four

    The beer-drinking, the game-watching, the east-side partying: We took it all in so you wouldn't have to

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Lost Downtown

    Amid the lofty renaissance, the hardcore of the urban core

  • News

    September 8, 2004

    Look! A Freeway!

    Unreal checks out the Lou from a fast-moving tour bus, learns the essentials of RV'ing and eats waaay too many Chilitos

  • News

    June 16, 2004

    Methmaker, Methmaker, Make Me Some Meth

    Unreal finds good meth-lab locations and talks to a young lady making her way in the world (with the help of semi-nude photos); Bill Haas gets honest; and we (and Denny's) find several ways to play with our food

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Trolley Follies

    In the race to return streetcars to St. Louis, Lacy Clay and Joe Edwards chart two very different courses

  • News

    April 2, 2003

    Blow Up

    If you must drop a bomb, drop it here -- not there

  • News

    September 4, 2002

    Dollar for Dollar

    The politics of Vince Schoemehl's fundraiser for Frankie the Saint

  • News

    August 28, 2002


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

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Downtown Fast Food

    Curry in a Hurry

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    Ballpark Pillage

    Proposed Cardinals boondoggle gives new meaning to fuzzy math

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    Stop the Stadium Madness

    Here are 10 good reasons

  • Dining

    April 4, 2001

    Play Ball!

    While you're downtown to see the Cards this summer, try something besides a ballpark dog

  • News

    January 24, 2001

    Ban the Plans!

    A battle cry for the city's next century

  • News

    August 30, 2000

    True Believer

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

  • News

    February 2, 2000


    Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses

  • News

    November 10, 1999


    A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel

  • News

    January 20, 1999

    What About Bob's Plan?

    He's a sculptor and an entrepreneur, and he built the City Museum. Now Bob Cassilly has a "12th-hour" plan of salvation for the St. Louis Arena. But there are no believers at City Hall.

  • Dining

    December 9, 1998
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