The People's Guide to the North Riverfront

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You don't have to be Stan Kroenke to envision what could happen amid the riverside warehouses, factories and power plants of the city's north riverfront. In fact, a lot of other people are already looking. Recent projects have included a chocolate factory, a biker bar, transitional housing for the homeless, the city's largest mural and more. The football stadium may seem late to the, uh, game.

This class consists of a guided walking tour that tells the story of the rise of the north riverfront as a key industrial district of the city. Participants will learn about remaining and lost buildings -- ranging from a bath house to the city's longest and skinniest building -- the role of the river, the railroad lines that once pulsed through the district and the recent efforts to renew the area. While the Rams plan has given St. Louis a business baron to discuss, the district's late 19th century development actually is due to an even more aloof and more powerful historic counterpart. The tour will explore how capital builds, melds, rebuilds and destroys cities.

At the end of the tour, the group will do what a city judge won't let happen: take a public vote on whether a new football stadium will be built there. No matter what the outcome, participants will leave with knowledge of a very significant part of the city's rise as a metropolis as well as efforts to build a new future in the 21st century.

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Michael Allen

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Michael Allen is an architectural historian whose public practice has included countless walking tours, lectures, articles, blog posts and other projects that connect architecture to people. He runs the Preservation Research Office, a consulting firm that he founded in 2009, and serves as Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches courses on American architectural history, urban redevelopment and historic preservation. His new blog is Building Culture (http://bldgculture.com).

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    Donna C.
    Reviewed on 11/30/15

    Learned alot about the area and the history.

    Learned alot about the area and the history.

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    Martin M.
    Reviewed on 11/03/15

    I was amazed by how relevant all of the history I learned in this class is to the current political climate we find ourselves in here in St. Louis. In fact, I've learned that it is the very same political climate that we keep finding ourselves in periodically for the past 80 years.

    I think this class should be required learning for all St. Louisans! It was a wonderful experience.

    I was amazed by how relevant all of the history I learned in this class is to the current political climate we find ourselves in here in St. Louis. In fact, I've learned that it is the very same political climate that we keep finding ourselves in periodically for the past 80 years.

    I think this class should be required learning for all St. Louisans! It was a wonderful experience.

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    Jeremy I.
    Reviewed on 11/02/15

    This was a really great, informative class. I did not know a lot of the history and culture of the North Riverfront until this class and I'm quite pleased with my new-found education. Nice work!

    This was a really great, informative class. I did not know a lot of the history and culture of the North Riverfront until this class and I'm quite pleased with my new-found education. Nice work!

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