For the past year or so ONSLRG has been working with University of Missouri St. Louis staff to create a virtual version of Old North St. Louis utilizing the Virtual City Program. The result is a model of what the built environment of Old North St. Louis may have looked like throughout time.
To use Virtual City, you will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer. Currently, only Crown Square and the 2700 Block of N 13th St. has been created. More of the neighborhood will be added over time, and the existing modeling will be refined.
The current model of the neighborhood can be found here. When you open the file, give it some time to load for best results. Click on the files in temporary places to load buildings. There is a time-line in the upper left corner that moves through time, and you will see buildings appear and disappear. Most of the structures at this point are modeled to show mass, scale, and siting. Generic building fronts from the neighborhood are pasted onto the structure. Over time this will be refined to show more detail. For more information about a building, you can click on the little dog in front of each building with more details.
While it is fun to see what once was built in Old North, it is also good to look toward the future. Since the time line extends nearly two decades into the future, we thought it would be a good idea to utilize Virtual City to develop some future development ideas. For now, we have developed three alternatives for future development for a plot of land that ONSLRG owns at the Northwest corner of Montgomery and 13th St. By no means are we committed to any one design, this exercise is meant to create discussion and ideas for a possible future project that at this point has no funding for any alternative. We would like to ask for constructive feedback on these potential ideas. What do you like about the current designs? What would you like to see designed differently? And let us know why you are making the suggestions you are offering. Feel free to post your comments here by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” link at the top left side of this post. You can also send any constructive feedback that you may have to Matt Fernandez, our Community Development Specialist, at Matt (at) onsl.org. To see each alternative, click the link below each preview image displayed below. You may also come by the ONSLRG office anytime and we will show you the Virtual City on one of our computers.
Click the following link to view the Contemporary loft development alternative on the Virtual City program.
Click the following link to view the Traditional design alternative.
Click the following link to view the Green homes alternative.
Stay tuned as this program gets filled with more images and as we flesh out the instructions for access and use. In the meantime, enjoy the stroll down some of the streets of Old North as they may have looked at various stages in history.
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