St. Louis is one of the rare, lucky Midwestern cities with light rail. The city seeded its Metrolink system in the 1990s and underwent a pretty large expansion in the early 2000s. It now has 37 stations.
Unfortunately, a weak local real estate market has hindered growth near stations, and ridership hasn’t reached its potential. But with help from a HUD grant, the city of St. Louis has been putting together some ideas to spur walkable, mixed-use development near stations, including the elimination of parking minimums.
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