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The city's STD clinic is moving from the Health Department building at 634 N. Grand Blvd. to the Smiley Urgent Care Center, in the St. Louis ConnectCare facility at 5535 Delmar Blvd.

I'm assuming this is part of the plan to empty out 634 N. Grand, which is also home to Grand Center and several arts organizations, before rehabbing the building for a different use. If that happens, the (at least temporary) evacuation of that stretch of Grand will be another step toward being complete. Rhythm & Brews (541 N. Grand Blvd.) is closing at the end of the month. 615 N. Grand Blvd. (formerly The Commonspace and People's Coffee) has been vacant since September 2004.

Posted under Business District by Brian Marston on Tue., Jun 28, 2005 at 6:05 PM


I'm sorry, but I fail to see the humor in the title and innuendo of this entry. It is jokes such as these that perpetuate negative stigmas of STD's and make it very difficult for people trying to live normal lives and be accepted into loving relationships to be open about their status. With this being a public-oriented, widely-read domain, please do something positive with the power of words. It is possible to give readers something to smile about without poking fun at those less fortunate. As a fan of The Commonspace, I am very disappointed.

[Posted by Melissa on Tue., Jun 28, 2005 at 6:57 PM]

You're right, Melissa -- it was stupid of me to imply that there's something funny about STDs. Still, Smiley Urgent Care Center is kind of a funny name (at least to me). I get this mental image of doctors with giant, yellow smiley face masks racing around pushing gurneys while whistling a happy tune.

[Posted by Brian Marston on Tue., Jun 28, 2005 at 9:32 PM]


[Posted by jaques on Fri., Jul 1, 2005 at 2:20 PM]

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