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Streetscape project on Cherokee finally underway

The long planned streetscape project on Cherokee Street, between Jefferson and Nebraska, is finally underway in South St. Louis. It  began in  jarring fashion to those unprepared. All the trees were cut down. There was a hodgepodge of species, and many of the trees had not been well maintained, but it sure makes the street look different. At the very least, it helps to highlight the quality of the remaining building stock.

As for the exact improvements coming to Cherokee along the borders of the Benton Park West and Gravois Park neighborhoods, improvements will include:

New pedestrian lighting, new trees, ADA compliant curb cuts at all intersections, and removal/replacement of the brick pavers between the sidewalk and the street with concrete.

The sidewalks will not be replaced, but they are really not in too bad of shape. The main thing this project will add is a little more consistency along this Cherokee Street business district. For a more detailed look at the lighting and the specifics of the project, check out Cherokee Street News. Pictures of the now tree-free Cherokee Street can be seen below. Expect updates as progress continues.

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2 Responses to Streetscape project on Cherokee finally underway

  1. Luftmentsch August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Why, why, why do they always start by chopping down all the trees? What is with this town?! Why do they hate trees? The excuses are always the same, but take a look at other cities, and this is not what happens. In the end, it’s a matter of (skewed) values.

    • Matt Kastner August 3, 2010 at 10:27 am #

      While I agree with you when it comes to mature trees that were properly planted, I don’t think it was necessarily a bad choice in this situation. If memory serves, far too many of the trees on Cherokee were Bradford Pears, which never should have been planted there in the first place. They were also too close together. The flow of the street was not unified the way it was. These were not 100year old oaks. These were suburban wannabe trees that were 6″ in diameter at most. THe real problem is not cutting them down, but why nobody put any thought to the original plantings in the first place?

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