As the Major League Baseball season winds down, we’re going to have a treat: a four-game series in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the division-leading and World Champion Chicago Cubs. My friends know that I don’t hate the Cubs like a lot of St. Louisans. Heck, I consider Chicago my second city, and when … Continue reading The Cardinals And The Cubs
These pictures were taken from the same spot on the Gateway Arch grounds, looking north toward the Arch. The top photo was taken in October 2014, just before workers started removing all of the rosehill ash trees that lined the walkways. The ash trees were threatened by the emerald ash borer, and for that and other reasons, … Continue reading Old Trees, New Trees
They're making some progress on the Arch grounds. More than a year ago, contractors for CityArchRiver project started cutting down all of the ash trees, and when they did that, they closed off all of the sidewalks that criss-crossed the park. Just in the last couple of weeks, they reopened some of the sidewalks, and today—sunny, … Continue reading Back To The Arch
Near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Highway 44 in St. Louis stands the Compton Hill Water Tower, built in the 1890s to improve water delivery to city residents. The "guts" of the tower is actually a 140-foot-tall, six-foot-diameter standpipe. The city found that somewhat unsightly, so the brick and limestone tower was built around … Continue reading Compton Hill Water Tower
It was 10 years ago tonight—July 19, 2006—that I had the best seats I've ever had for a baseball game, and it was one of the wildest nights I've spent at the ballpark. My brother, who at that time worked for Anheuser Busch, which at that time was one of the better employers in St. Louis, somehow … Continue reading The Game After The Storm
There have been 161 posts on Shoulblog so far. And the one that, by far, gets the most traffic over time is About That Statue, a series of pictures of the Lewis & Clark Statue on the St. Louis riverfront. The statue, named "The Captains' Return," was somewhat unique in that it was regularly inundated … Continue reading The Captains’ Return … Returns!
I had some time before work this morning, so I took a walk around downtown to take some pictures. I gravitated toward Busch Stadium to see how "Ballpark Village" is coming along, visit the statue garden, and see if the yard looked ready for baseball. Well, it might be ready, but it's hard to tell … Continue reading Ready Or Not, Baseball Season Starts In One Week
Temperature right around 32 degrees. Steady snow falling that felt, really, like rain. And a cold, cold wind whipping around between the city buildings. Not a great day for City Garden, and for much of the time that I walked through today, I was the only soul in sight. A perfect day for black and … Continue reading Not Much Going On At City Garden Today
If you've driven northbound through St. Louis on I-55, you've seen this building. It's nestled in the curve of the exit ramp that leads you onto the Poplar Street Bridge, and it's been a point of interest for many years. I'm not sure what it was in its original lifetime, but some time ago it … Continue reading Graffiti Building Coming Down
The United States Cross Country Championships were held in Forest Park in St. Louis today. In addition to juniors races and a couple of local races, the big events were the men's and women's championships. The top six finishers of those races will travel to the World Cross Country Championships later this year in Poland. … Continue reading USA Cross Country Championships
January 30, 2012. Various tones of black, white and grey; that's pretty much it for January here. Taken from the gas station on South Broadway just south of downtown as I pumped just a couple of gallons of their overpriced product.
Your city may have an ocean. It may have mountains. It may have an NBA franchise, or even a Major League Soccer team. It may have real subways. It may have a happily integrated population and a vibrant downtown nightlife. But unless your city is my city, it doesn’t have an Arch. Or at least … Continue reading Out Of The Trees
In honor of today’s St Louis Cardinals home opener, I thought I’d put up a few photos of the construction of Busch Stadium. This is, of course, the third Busch Stadium in St. Louis; the first one was on the north side of town, and the second, opened in the 1960s, was right downtown. The … Continue reading From The Old (New) To The New (Old)