Check out these before and after pictures of St. Louis’ Crown Square, provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The
The once dilapidated commercial plaza has been restored as part of a larger neighborhood revitalization strategy led by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, and it’s attracting national attention. The NRDC has compared the neighborhood to Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine.
For more than two years, this revitalization effort has centered around an eight-block area in city’s Old North neighborhood.
“The new Crown Square will be mixed-use and walkable, containing apartments as well as commercial spaces, some sensitive new additions to the historic building fabric, creative spaces and, not insignificantly, the offices of the Restoration Group itself,” according to NRDC.
The landmarks Association of St. Louis this year named the area a “most enhanced place.” Below, you can see why.
The Natural Resources Defense Council calls urban revitalization projects like this one “the ultimate anti-sprawl.”
“It is a way to capture development and growth without expanding the footprint of our suburbs and consuming farmland, creating longer driving distances, spreading pavement across previously undeveloped watersheds, and more,” NRDC blogger Kaid Benfield writes. ” In addition, revitalization conserves resources that would otherwise go for new infrastructure and buildings.”