The St. Louis Demolition Docket is a private news service that reports the demolitions of buildings granted by the City of St. Louis. The Preservation Research Office publishes and compiles the report from public records maintained by the Building Division of the City of St. Louis.
Demolition changes the face of the city.
Removing buildings alters the face of the city forever – whether the doomed structures fall for a new retail center or an empty lot. People often do not know how or why buildings disappear, so this news service strives to reveal the facts of demolition. Clearly the publishers think that demolition is worth public consideration, but we refrain from editorializing individual demolitions. We simply think that this information should be available to interested people of all points of view.
Demolition is only part of the story.
This record presents a specific part of the alteration of the city’s architectural marrow. Reports on building rehabilitation and new construction can be found at the St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog, which forms an excellent companion reader. Also there is a larger context to each individual demolition, far more localized than our resources can discover. The comments pages on each demolition are open to anyone who wants to add context.
City officials have much power over demolition.
Beyond the legal authority of the Building Commissioner to issue demolition permits, other elected and appointed officials exercise power over the city’s built environment. The Cultural Resources Office has jurisdiction over many buildings, and can deny demolitions for cultural, architectural or urban design reasons. The city’s landbank, the Land Reutilization Authority, applies for demolition of buildings in its inventory. Sometimes the Building Division itself applies for demolition permits for public and private properties deemed public safety emergencies, and sometimes it does so with the input of aldermen.
This information is yours to use.
Public information often comes in the form of documents only available in public buildings or in text-heavy documents. We are trying to break down the information is easy to understand reports and maps. The goal is to empower residents of neighborhoods to understand how demolition works, and to use that knowledge to take action to improve their neighborhoods.
From the Preservation Research Office: Sarah Weeks (mapping and research), Audrey Woika (research), Caroline Brewer (design/mapping) and Michael R. Allen (editor).
From the City of St. Louis: Michael Powers, Legislative Director, President of the Board of Aldermen (facilitator and adviser); Building Division, City of St. Louis (data).
Send inquiries to Michael Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.