Best Shortcut

Sublette Avenue

The best shortcuts are those that contain some drama, that on good days race you through the byways untouched but on others may cause you to hand-conk your head in frustration. Getting cross-town from north to south sucks in St. Louis. There's no Forest Park Parkway, no Highway 40, and I-170 doesn't stretch far enough. So you have to crawl on Kingshighway or Grand and hit every pokey stoplight in the process. Enter Sublette, a north-south avenue that goes from Chouteau at the north, through the Hill, all the way to Pernod in Kingshighway Hills. Sure, there are a few too many stop signs -- welcome to St. Louis -- but it's a calm drive. Except for the train tracks. They, of course, have ruined many a high-strung asshole's day. The Zen among us, however, view this potential setback as a little bonus, a time-out train tutorial on graffiti, Union Pacific and the dearth of red cabooses in the twenty-first century. Where did they go, and is there a caboose cemetery somewhere? Relax, man. You can spare ten quiet minutes. It's not like you're a CFO or anything. Enjoy the pause in your day, and use it wisely.
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