Nevermind the 91 municipalities of St. Louis County, the vehemently independent (and proud) St. Louis City is comprised of a whopping 79 neighborhoods, each with their own distinct styles and textures. Architecture would provide the most obvious examples, which will be the subject of my next blog post. For now, here are some close-ups around only a handful of the nearly seven-dozen hoods that constitute this River City:

muraleyes

muraleyes

There are new murals and graffiti in places where there was previously just brick and cinder. I think this was on South Broadway, south of I-55.


words to the wise

words to the wise

Is the sign’s legality still valid if it’s weathered and worn? Spotted in Kosciusko.


this is Downtown

Not what you would expect to find in a major American city’s Downtown, but St. Louis is prone to prove you wrong.


civic pride hydrant

Fire hydrants for me are a major indicator of a town’s personality. In Baltimore they’re orange; in Santa Rosa, CA they look like this; here’s one in Bayview, San Francisco; while Bethlehem, PA hydrants somehow look Pennsylvanian. Funny how that works. And in the Lou they’re decorated, neighborhood by neighborhood and sometimes block by block. This one’s covered with the city’s flag.


Trompe-l'œil arches

Driving through The Grove I didn’t get much time to snap this, but you can see some former archways are now painted trompe-l’œil style.


this is POWER
tehehehehehe

These two things were wryly sort of looking at each other. Tehehehehehe


art by Wayne St. Wayne!

art by Wayne St. Wayne!

If you want to get lost in texture, go to Mangia Italiano on South Grand Boulevard. This image is about 2′ x 3′ of an 8′ x 40′ mural (that took a decade to complete) by local legend Wayne St. Wayne, the epitome of a living artist.


urban gardens e'rywhere

e’rywhere you turn now there are urban gardens – yayyy!!


paintings by Chris O'Connor in Restituo

paintings by Chris O’Connor in Restituo


Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

St. Louis does the grand stone monuments pretty well, given its resources. These two are outside the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in Downtown.


it's hard to know if things like this are real, or just awesome.

it’s hard to know if things like this are real, or just awesome.


meta shot

meta shot

Funny seeing this shot during a Pecha Kucha talk; I wrote about it back in December.


hidden spots

hidden spots

shhhhhhh


looking for a new tattoo?

looking for a new tattoo?


best bike locking spot on both sides of the Mississippi

best bike locking spot on both sides of the Mississippi


inside STL-Style

inside STL-Style


Loving the ceiling logo split-painting at Dead Wax Records on Cherokee Street

Loving the ceiling logo split-painting at Dead Wax Records on Cherokee Street


Firecracker Press on Cherokee Street

Firecracker Press on Cherokee Street


OK so clearly Cherokee Street is a hotbed of texture and activity; which could be Gravois Park, Benton Park, Benton Park West, or Marine Villa, depending on which side of Cherokee Street and South Jefferson Avenue you are one. So really Cherokee Street is its own identity, so here’s a glimpse of what you might find on a walk down that street: