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Readers Are Mostly Comfortable With Small Arch Tram Capsules

Tram rides to the top of the Gateway Arch began just over fifty years ago, on July 24, 1967. A few weeks later, 50 years ago. yesterday, a najor malfunction occurred: An eight-car tram is in the north leg of the Gateway Arch descended about forty feet from the observation gallery...

Why We Shouldn't Give Up The Clemens House

In the weeks following the the Clemens House fire on the morning of July 12th, I saw many friends and fellow preservationists post RIPs and other comments essentially giving up the historic complex as being gone. While the fire was obviously a tragic event, it should not be concluded that the end is here for the Clemens House. Show More Summary

The Civic Center MetroBus Transit Center Reopens Today…Smoke-Free!

b A look back at the original Civic Center MetroBus Center. The block North of Spruce had many trees. The new design is substantially different, it has 3 times as many bus bays. First we have to get to it. For both the ribbon cutting (8/10) and open house (8/11)...

Sunday Poll: Are You Uncomfortable In The Arch Tram?

I’d guess that most of you reading this post have been up in the Gateway Arch at least once. Today’s poll question is curious if you get uncomfortable doing so. Agree or disagree: I'm uncomfortable while riding the Arch tram due to the small capsules. This poll will close at...

Reading: Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty by Scott W. Allard

A new book, Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty, by Scott W. Allard, takes a close look at poverty and where it is increasingly located  — the suburbs. AS Allard points out, poverty still exists in the city center. Americans think of suburbs as prosperous areas that are...

Opinion: Missouri GOP Gutted Missouri’s Civil Rights Law

Senate Bill 43, signed by Gov Greitens, guts Missouri’s civil rights protections: The governor’s signature on Senate Bill 43, for which Greitens had not publicly stated his support, will require workers who claim discrimination in wrongful-termination suits to prove that bias was the explicit reason they were fired. The current standard...

The Gateway Transportation Center Is Now Amshack #3

St. Louis’ first Union Station opened in 1875. but proved too small very quickly. The significantly larger Union Station we know at 18th & Market opened 19 years later on September 1, 1894. The busy days of Union Station lasted through WWII, but then saw declines. As airliners became the preferred...

Sunday Poll: Is The NAACP Travel Advisory For Missouri Necessary?

T Recently the National NAACP recognized a Missouri NAACP travel advisory issued in June, relating to SB43, which changes the standards used in discrimination lawsuits. Governor Greitens signed the bill into law. The organization is circulating a travel advisory after the state passed a law that Missouri’s NAACP conference says allows...

Reading: Resilient Cities, 2nd Edition: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence

One could argue that St. Louis is resilient to have survived major population and job loss, in the center of a stagnant region. The cities presented in a new book. Resilient Cities, are very different places: What does it mean to be a resilient city in the age of a changing climate...

Readers: Metro Right To Highlight County Police Covering Cameras

In the recent Sunday Poll nearly seventy percent of those who voted don’t by the statement frim St. Louis County police chief Belmer. Q: Agree or disagree: Media coverage of County police @ MetroLink is a ploy by Metro to get police powers. Strongly agree 1 [2.78%] Agree 1 [2.78%] Somewhat...

16th & Market Curb Ramp Slightly Less Shoddy Than It Was

Over a year ago I posted about one of the many poorly design/constructed curb ramps in this city, see Shoddy Curb Ramp/Crosswalk At 16th Street & Market St  from May 2016. Here are a couple of images from that post: At some point in the last year I was told the...

Sunday Poll: What’s Up With St. County Police & Metro?

A week ago we learned about St. Louis County police officers covering the camera at a MetroLink substation. A federal Homeland Security law enforcement officer was assigned to Metro transit patrol as part of a beefed-up security plan for the busy Fourth of July weekend. He didn’t like what he saw....

Reading: Urban Street Stormwater Guide by the National Association of City Transportation Officials

Though I receive a lot of new books, it’s rare to see a technical best practices manual — plus hardcover with tons of full-color photos and illustrations. But last month I received just such a book. Though not a compelling novel for the nightstand, Urban Street Stormwater Guide is very intriguing...

Opinion: Razing Vacant Buildings A Short-Term Strategy With Negative Long-Term Consequences

Razing buildings might seem like the answer, but the unintended consequences shouldn’t be overlooked.Sure, no vacant building but then you’ve got a vacant lot unlikely to be developed. Dumping, high weeds, etc are all nuisances that can happen at vacant lots. While rehabbing an old building is more expensice than...

Pine @ Tucker Treated Different Than Locust @ Tucker

In April I wrote how some drivers get confused on one-way Locust approaching Tucker — some turn left from either lane because it’s not properly marked. Two blocks directly South, on Tine St, is the identical situation but properly marked.  Pine is also a 2-lane street one-way Westbound.  But the city...

Sunday Poll: Would Tearing Down Vacant Buildings More Quickly Help St. Louis?

Vacant buildings are often in the news in St. Louis, here’s two recent examples. June 2017: Forum addresses dangers of St. Louis city’s abandoned buildings July 2017; Tests confirm presence of asbestos in Clemens House fire debris The morning the historic James Clemens house burned two other vacant properties also had fires....

Reading: Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling by Carlton Reid

As I said Wednesday, I’d participate in the annual World Naked Bike Ride if I could still ride a bike.  However, the current bike boom is doing fine without me. Bicycling advocates envision a future in which bikes are a widespread daily form of transportation. While many global cities are...

Opinion: World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis Is A Great Event

The recent World Naked Bike Ride – St. Louis was the 10th annual here. The purpose is clear: The World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis is part of an international event to raise awareness of cyclist rights and vulnerability on the road, and promote positive body image and protest...

Five Years Since Huge Fire Destroyed 3949 Lindell Apartments

It was five years ago today that a fire destroyed the 3949 Lindell apartments. They’d been recently completed and occupied for only a few years. Going from memory, the building had sprinklers buy the fire started in an attic space. The remains were so badly damaged it all had to...

Sunday Poll: Does The World Naked Bike Ride Encourage Indecent Exposure?

The annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) rolled through St. Louis last night.  Organizers use the phrase “bare as you dare.” Some riders were completely nude, except for shoes. Although you can be as bare as you dare during the ride, the City of St. Louis requests that we cover our...

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