Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Downtown Parking Lot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Downtown Parking Lot

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By this time next year, three buildings that are just standing there preventing the construction of another downtown parking lot will be gone forever. In their place will be neat rows of sedans, minivans and sport utility vehicles, making their unique contribution to the downtown ambience.

The three buildings are on Fourth Street, between Market and Walnut streets, and two of them are significant. The 10-story International Fur Exchange, built in 1919, is a tangible link to the city's past as a fur-tr ading center; the four-story American Zinc building, clad in stainless steel, is an architectural gem.

None of that matters much to the Bosley administration, which has little use for vacant buildings, especially when someone wants to turn them into parking lots. Too bad City Hall doesn't understand that no downtown ever used parking lots as a springboard to revitalization. Many have rebounded, however, by making innovative use of buildings that link a city with its past and give a downtown a distinctive flavor. …

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