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Probably Not the Kind of Buzz They Were Hoping For...

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.)

Posted under Business District by Amanda Doyle on Wed., Nov 17, 2004 at 5:56 PM


That is a funny story. I attended one of the Kirkwood City council meetings and some folks were afraid the size of the new buildings would turn them into Clayton. In the end the project is neither Clayton or Pruitt-Igoe.

[Posted by Steve Patterson on Thu., Nov 18, 2004 at 8:50 PM]

Speaking of Amici's...
A note to anyone who thinks about eating there. I was in Amici's 2 weekends ago. I found a dead roach under my table. I'd think twice before going there.

[Posted by Janet Palo on Thu., Jan 27, 2005 at 1:58 PM]

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