Multipurpose St. Louis: A rooftop farm and downtown bicycle station transform city architecture | St. Louis Public Radio

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A couple of initiatives in downtown St. Louis are changing the way that St. Louis’ old buildings are preserved—by transforming them.

St. Louis’ Downtown Bicycle Station, a revamped office space completed in 2011, was the first of its kind, said Doug Woodruff, CEO and President of Downtown STL, Inc. There, urban residents or commuters can shower, get their things from a locker, pump their tires, and ride on. In its four years, it has inspired other buildings to create bicycle-friendly rooms and stations, increasing ridership and sustainability in the city.

More recently—in June—Urban Harvest STL opened St. Louis’ first rooftop garden. The 10,000-square-foot Food Roof Farm is a green space in an unlikely place: the top of an office building at 14th St. and Convention Plaza.

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