Whilst lunching at Amici's t'other day, I overheard the most hilarious (and sad) conversation between two women of a certain age, regarding the now-being-built Kirkwood Station Plaza development .
Woman the First: "I don't know, I just think it's going to be just like those ones downtown, you know, the, uh...what do you call them? Apartment-like things?"
Woman the Second: "Apartments? Condos?"
Woman the First: "No, that's not what I'm thinking of...with all the people living in them?"
(Me, almost smugly interrupting, sure that the word she's grasping for is the trendy one, "lofts." Seriously, I begin putting down my fork to lean over and offer that.)
Woman the First, triumphantly: "Pruitt-Igoe! That's it! The housing projects. That's what everyone saying about these new ones here."
Wow. New Urbanism's got a tough row to hoe to get Kirkwoodians on board, apparently.
(More hilarity as both women lamented why the development couldn't be "more like old-timey St. Charles"...and then they both talked about how much they liked to walk around there but would never, ever spend such money in those shoppes! Well, therein, your answer. *That's* why you can't have it.)