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A Discussion On Tax Incentives

I recently did a blog on all the development activity on De Tonty Street in the Shaw Neighborhood. In that post I made the following comment: "It's really good to see this level of investment, taking vacant lots and bringing dignified...Show More Summary

Employee Time

I went into Randall's on a weekday to buy some beer. It was outside of my normal routine, during the day-ish, maybe 3:00 or so. The vibe was different. The employees were running the show, I mean the music in the place.The tunes were decidedly not what I usually hear in this place on a Friday or Saturday night. Show More Summary

De Tonty Street - An Historic Transformation South of Interstate 44

There is a sea change underway on one of St. Louis' most visible streets just south of the well-traveled Interstate 44. I'm talking about De Tonty Street, a one mile, seven block, east-west street that goes from South Grand Boulevard to Vandeventer Avenue in the Shaw and Southwest Garden Neighborhoods. Show More Summary

Three Quick Things To Like About Fox Park

1. I opened up the latest version of St. Louis Magazine with the cover "101 Best Restaurants" issue to find the first page listing Lona's Lil Eats and Milque Toast Bar. I will add the Purple Martin to the mix with these two and say just how important a business and a place can be to help make a neighborhood livable. Show More Summary

Former Firehouses - Reused, Renovated, Awaiting New Life

I received the following list from a friend in the St. Louis Fire Department that includes 11 retired firehouses that are still standing as of publishing: No. 1 - 2411 McNair Avenue, 63104, Benton Park neighborhood (Built 1872) No. 3 - 3648 S. Show More Summary

The Yachts of Carondelet

I moved north from the Carondelet area almost six years ago, so whenever I am down there, I rediscover what I loved about that part of town. It is the most architecturally mixed neighborhood...a mishmash of all things South City. And, I'm including The Patch when I say Carondelet. Show More Summary

St. Louis Firehouses

So in a previous blog, I described my intentions to visit and photograph each of St. Louis' active fire houses. There are a total of 30 currently in operation across the city. There are also 11 or so former firehouses that are still standing. Show More Summary

Grow - The Newest Exhibit At The St. Louis Science Center

Having school age kids, you get your fair share of museums. It feels like part of the responsibility as a parent and luckily I have kids who indulge us and at times enjoy the experience. We've recently visited "Grow", the newest exhibit at the St. Show More Summary

St. Louis MetroMarket Bus Spotted In The Jeff Vander Lou Neighborhood

When you are tooling around the city and you notice what appears to be a Metro bus parked in a vacant lot, and a guy with a flag ushering you toward said bus, you have to check it out. That's just what happened to me as I was heading northwest on Dr. Show More Summary

An Interview With The Civilian Oversight Board

I recently had the opportunity to talk about "Community Engagement" at a panel discussion hosted by the St. Louis Public Library. Afterward, a member of the recently-formed City of St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board introduced herself...Show More Summary

St. Louis Population Loss During Modern Mayoral Terms

With Francis Slay recently announcing he will not run for re-election as Mayor of St. Louis, his four consecutive terms go down as the longest run in our city's history. Back in 2010 I gave the office of Mayor some thought and looking back at that post, for the most part, I still feel the same including the need for a new set of ideas and styles. Show More Summary

St. Louis City Talk Update

Holy crap, I'm edging toward one million page loads on this blog...never thought that'd happen. Anyhow, I've been pursuing the personal goals of writing for pleasure and promoting St. Louis as a great city to live/explore since 2008....Show More Summary

The Firehouses of St. Louis

Having kids in scouts and other groups gets you into some places that you usually would not go. Firehouses are once such example. I attended a cub scout tour of No. 35 on Arsenal Street with one of my sons. This is where I got an appreciation...Show More Summary

Union Station 10 Cine' (1988-2003)

When we lose places, be they businesses, homes, or just a building we lose memories, historical touch points to revisit, and worst of all, our identity as a place, as a city. I gave the many theaters we've lost over the years in St. Louis some consideration here and here. Show More Summary

Charles H. Compton

The Compton Library at 1624 Locust Street, accessible by appointment only, was named in honor of Charles Herrick Compton (1880-1966). A staunch advocate for the library system in St. Louis, and public libraries in general, Compton was employed by the St. Show More Summary

Kleb Clothing and Shoe Company

Kleb Clothing and Shoe Company was one of my favorite places in the city's Patch Neighborhood. For those of us who knew it (probably all men), this was a place to purchase high quality, mostly American-made work-wear, no frills. So why all the past-tense? Well, I just recently learned the hard way that Kleb's has closed. Show More Summary

Compton Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Compton is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 1624 Locust Street, nearest 17th Street in the Downtown West Neighborhood. This library is accessible by appointment only. Compton Film Library was erected in 1957 and opened at 1624 Locust Street in 1958. Show More Summary

Central Express Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Central Express is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located in suite 160 of the Old Post Office building at 810 Olive Street in the Downtown Neighborhood. Central Express, as the name implies, is one of three mini-branches of the system, along with Charing Cross and Marketplace. Show More Summary

Divoll Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Divoll is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 4234 North Grand Boulevard at Carter Avenue in the Fairground Neighborhood.The library is in the shadow of the Corinthian Grand Avenue Water Tower. Show More Summary

Walnut Park Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Walnut Park is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 5760 West Florissant Avenue at Gilmore Avenue in the Walnut Park East neighborhood. It is directly across from Calvary Cemetery. It takes its name from the community it serves. Show More Summary

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