If you can call what I do “work” – and If you count the days I “work” for free, then, on this morning, I decided to walk to work from the metrolink train at the Skinker stop, which is underground near Washington University, towards Story Time. I walked behind the little coffee shop, up Pershing, then across Rosedale, a pretty street with a nifty name.
This is Saint Roch Church. It sits on the corner of Waterman and Rosedale. I wondered if some special celebration would be going on because Pope Francis would be arriving in Washington D.C. later this day.
Children from all over the Metropolitan Area walk through these doors to school. I always hope our children feel a sense of wonder, safety and community when they walk through the doors of their school. I wonder if students put photos of their pets on the bulletin boards of St. Roch School. (I would.)
There are welcoming views all along Rosedale Avenue.
It almost seems we are personally invited.
The last few years, creative Garden Statuary has become popular.
One things that intrigues me is the street redesigns. Just about every other block there is a loop, to keep traffic safe and slow inside the neighborhood. There will be pots of shrubs, or some pottery marker to remind drivers to slow down.
This delightful pot of flowers sits in front of a great Thai Restaurant called “Fork and Stix.” It is really early, so no one will be inside the restaurant, yet. If you are in the area, it is a wonderful place to eat. We have come to the end of our stroll down Rosedale and will be turning onto Delmar. In just a moment we’ll be walking west BUT:
looking east, you can see street barriers up. We don’t hear complaints about the inconvenience this causes on a major road, because everyone here is looking forward to the new trolley. It IS a major undertaking, and it causes everyone to find “workarounds” to accomplish the everyday. But, everyone seems to feel it will be terrific. On the other side of the barrier, you can see the old train station, and just beyond the photo, there is the bus and train station for “Delmar.”
So, let’s continue our walk to work.
The Few, The Proud. Recruiting Office. I often notice a sign inviting people to join a fitness program.
The neighborhood has many popular restaurants. It is too early in the morning, but soon these tables will all be packed with smiling people. Within a few blocks, almost every cuisine will be represented. I’m pretty sure, no matter what culture you are most comfortable with, in this neighborhood, you’ll hear your home language, and find food that lets you know you are home.
All along the streets you’ll find colorful and creative bike racks. Washington University is close, in fact, this neighborhood has plenty of student housing so bikes are as common as motor vehicles around here.
Across the street is Big Shark Bicycle Company. These people are really nice. If you brought your bike from home and need help, they are there, if you need a bike, they can help with that, and if you are simply walking by, they will smile and say “hello.” Excellent People.
A place dear to my heart, “RAC” – the Regional Arts Commission.
It always makes me smile to see “Albert Hall.” Inside are nice apartments.
Shops, Salons, Restaurants, these will all be open when I’m ready to go home.
Across the street is The Pageant. A Lot of interesting performing artists give concerts here.
A couple of doors down from the Pageant is the Moonrise Hotel. It has become popular, especially because it is in the heart of the “Delmar Loop” neighborhood. I haven’t stayed overnight BUT, i have eaten there, it’s friendly, the food is fresh and good and the service is superior. (not extra pricey, either.)
We have a few, super cool, retro bowling alleys in St. Louis. The Pin-Up Bowl is one of them. We used to have the Bowling Hall of Fame, but it moved . . i wonder if they’ll be back someday. Well, that’s certainly another story, let’s continue along our way, hm?
Piccione . . YUM!!!! I’ve shared a lot about this place. Time to cross the street:
We don’t need fossil fuel today – we are using “ten toe transit”
It’s strange, this is clearly marked an AT&T Building. It has a parking lot on the corner. I’ve never seen anyone going in or out . . . it’s a mystery.
All along the way there are signs telling us how far it will be to get home to another planet, and how much we weigh there . .
There are some special promotions going on about this place. Good coffee, good food, a little 21st Century, i mean you get to pay with your phone and order from a tablet, still – the end result is good coffee . . . works for me.
This is “Mission Taco Joint.” The thing i love best about this place is their food truck, which was painted by a friend of mine, Craig Downs. I suspect the food is great, I know the truck is colorful and fun.
I have to admit, I am such a fan of this place. It is relatively new in the Delmar Loop area, there is plenty of new, gorgeous, safe student housing and when that was built, this new grocery was also established. There’s a little bit of everything, from most cultures, and, my personal favorite is morning coffee and a treat (if i want one) along with winning smiles from everyone in the place. This area had no grocery store at all, now they are wealthy. United Provisions.
Another Planet, across the street is an art store:
Dick Blick considered the “pro-shop” for artists – you’ll find it frequented by original thinkers, students, local artists, educators . . . many of us were glad when this store relocated to this corner. (and, they open earlier than most stores on Delmar . . . a good to know tidbit)
Peacock Diner – 24 Hour Eats
Here is the planter in front of the place we’re going – did you think we’d never arrive?
Looking west, across the street is the Tivoli Theater. It’s a refurbished movie theater – a comfortable place to watch a feature film.
Here we are, waiting for the door to open. Someday I’ll show you the walk down Delmar from the other direction . . . BUT, not too soon. One walk is enough for a while, hm?