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.