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Streets Not Through_Analysis of the Blockages and Barricades to the St. Louis Street Network

Streets Not Through_Analysis of the Blockages and Barricades to the St. Louis Street Network

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Running Head: STREETS NOT THROUGH1Streets Not ThroughAnalysis of the Blockages and Barricades to the St. Louis Street Network Steve WaldronWashington University in St. Louis
 
STREETS NOT THROUGH2AbstractThis paper explores the areas of St. Louis that were formerly a contiguous street system and werevoluntarily dissected to create introspective neighborhoods. Primary concerns of the research arefocused on where, why, and how these were implemented, as the city may be either adapting tochanging market forces or in response to fear from problematic social conditions such as nearbycrime rates. Particular focus is on spatial mapping of these elements as they relate to wards withinthe city.
 
STREETS NOT THROUGH3Streets are one of the most fundamental aspects of building a city. Many cities arebegun as an intersection of two country lanes, which build over time and continue to evolve. Inmany cases, the road continues to widen, and the buildings that were
rst built adjacent to thestreets may evolve to be replaced by other buildings, but the original street the building facedremains the same. These same streets have the capability to de
ne boundaries, or conversely thecapability to connect towns, neighborhoods, or areas together. Streets can even create an effect of causing one area to grow more rapidly than an adjacent area based on its path and location.Once laid, a street often remains in its location. Because of their permanent nature, thedevelopment and pathway of cities is often correlated with the manner in which streets are laid.Very rarely is the path of a street subsequently diverted in a different manner. In the beginning of the twentieth century, several new designs for residential areas were presented with the plans forRadburn, New Jersey, from which many aspects of suburban residential development werecopied.St. Louis, like many other American cities in the twentieth century, has witnessed anincredible change since the closure of World War II. At the time, the city was already beginning ade-densi
cation
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, but it was radically accelerated during the 1950s, dropping to 750,026 and its1 U. S. Census Bureau. “St. Louis Population Changes.” (Washington, D.C.: 2009).
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Figure 1.
Population changes in St. Louis, 1830-2000.

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