An Amazing urban lake in North St. Louis!
It's time to do something amazing on the North Side. There are rumblings of life in Hyde Park, ONSL, and a few other areas, but much of the area east of Grand and surrounding the old Pruitt Igoe site is vacant, dilapidated, or lacking access to services. Since most of the demolition in this area is complete, we should take it one step farther and build a large urban lake intersection of Jefferson and MLK, bounded by Grand on the west, Florissant on the north, MLK/Easton on the south, cutting around St. Louis Place, and then east to Carr Sq. The cut from this lake would form hills around the lake in the surrounding blocks. The lakefront itself would feature cycling and running trails, with Jefferson Lake Boulevard surrounding it. Parkland would connect to Fairgrounds Park on the west, and a parkway median down Grand would provide a green-island connection to Tower Grove Park. MLK/Easton would run east to downtown as another green-islanded parkway. Jefferson Lake Boulevard would be subdivided into lots similar in size to those on Hawthorne and Longfellow, with redevelopment in the surrounding blocks starting with the subdivision of land into 45 ft wide lots and urban setback requirements in a form based development code. The goal of this would be to kickstart development in NSL while at the same time creating a highly desireable urban amenity in a part of the city that is kind of a blank slate.