Other urban fixtures I am fond of:
- fire escapes-fell in love with them in NYC, now I'm developing a photo album of ones in STL
- Dining establishments with a bar set in front of large windows overlooking the street. It's fun to enjoy lunch and watch pedestrians walking the sidewalks/streets.
- alleys and alley dumpsters for yard waste and regular trash-I've never owned a home on an alley and I'm jealous of those huge dumpsters. Our next home WILL be on an alley.
- below level or downstairs bars/restaurants. Labeebees DT on 9th street or the old Rosario's (?? is that right ??, memory is foggy) on Sarah are perfect examples.
- High rise patios off condos (CWE, DT and Midtown have some excellent examples). Especially ones with elaborate gardens.
- Train bridges in dense parts of the city-I love walking to Busch stadium from my free parking spot and hearing the slow rumble of coal freight trains above me. At our previous home in Holly Hills, I loved living on a railway for Amtrak and the fancy antique trains that are rented out for weddings, events, etc. from Union Station.
- Windows that open up onto the sidewalk. The gelato place on South Grand is a good example. The former Chez Leon in CWE is another.
- Sidewalk loading receptacles (sorry for the crappy description, I don't know what these are technically called). You know, the metal panels that open up for the UPS guy to send boxes down a ramp to the receiving dept. of the buildings.
ps. what the hell happened to the spell checker on blogger? You'll have to forgive my misspelled words for now....