Mark Twain is dead....
off-topic conversation unrelated to Jane's Addiction
I take meeting sometimes with members of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.Hype wrote: ↑Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:21 amI believe you -- this is true everywhere, not just the US. But there are rough sociocultural/economic indicators that help determine things like livability, cost of living, etc. Sometimes it could just be how long a place has had a certain governor, or mayor, or whatever.Hokahey wrote: ↑Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:25 amI've lived in every region of the United States. I've traveled to most every major city. Missouri is like every other state that is not deep south. It's rural areas are red and its urban centers are very liberal.
I do love BBQ and forests and Mark Twain, though.
There is economic data that is less than encouraging, but there are also very encouraging developments like the Cortex in Midtown that is flourishing with Tech startups.
And due to things like having one of the largest urban parks in America, filled with free museums, zoo's and stunning architecture, St Louis is frequently being listed as a trendy place to visit and live now. There's definitely a buzz and sense of growth occurring that I firmly believe will reverse some of the troubling economic data.
Also, the crime data is skewed because we are one of the few cities that features a separate city and county. So the crime rate per segment of the population statistic is apples and oranges compared to other cities.
The food scene is booming. There has been a major revitalization over the past decade and you are seeing some of the best chefs in America operating here. One of the top 10 pastry chefs from one list or another just opened up shop down the street from me.
And working in the housing Industry I can tell you that inventory has become extremely tight and home prices are surging. That is emblematic of a larger Trend across the United States but St Louis County in particular is approaching having more buyers than available inventory.
Point being, it's not just Ferguson and BBQ.
It's true in the Chicago suburbs. The whole neighborhood will put up a fight when you try adding a fence. It's kind of an eyesore. Dogs just roam around everywhere doing their business 3 or 4 houses down, it definitely created some tension. I had the invisible/underground fence that shocked the dog when they got too close.creep wrote: ↑Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:18 amHype wrote: ↑Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:23 amhttps://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2933 ... 8036_zpid/ ! 3 bed, 3 bath, nearly 3,000 sq. ft, for 415k.
The one thing I hate about houses in the Midwest is that no one has a fence around their house. Do you just let your dog run loose?Do your neighbors stare at you while you barbecue in your backyard? Out west every home with a normal lot has a fence around it.
We're pretty private in the West. People keep to their own business for the most part. Without fences we would feel like we were having a BBQ in YOUR yard, and that's why you would stare.
It was funny when I moved out to NYC for the first time (first time east of the Mississippi River for me) and I would switch my car from one side of the street to the other in East Harlem, a whole host of people (neighbors....? : ) would come out and critique my parking job.
At first it really pissed me off, but then I realized it wasn't me, it's just what they did. Then I liked them.
That's an understatement!
Love Chicago architecture and history.
Not so much the food...
You guys have to mound cheese on everything.
Now I do love cheese, but it seems to be a volume thing with you guys, like what you do to a hot dog....
The Merchandise Mart. Art deco 1930's very "Chicago". This came 40 years after the Wainwright Building. Actually Sullivan had his office in Chicago.
The Waightwright was the "first" skyscraper with this form. Built in 1890, the first steel frame terra cotta facade, open layout. The mother of art deco skyscrapers that you see all over Chicago.