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The High Cost of Buying a Car If You’re Poor

For months now I’ve been wanting to post about auto financing. Last month John Oliver did a segment on it (below) that got me motivated: Is there another subprime loan crisis brewing? John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” found disturbing similarities between the easy loans dished out for used cars...

Sunday Poll: Should Municipalities Make Sure Ordinances Keep Out Businesses With Female Servers In Body Paint?

In March an establishment featuring females with pasties on nipples & body paint on their upper bodies opened in the Delmar Loop, with the limits of University City. When John Racanelli announced last winter that he was replacing his failed sports bar, the Market Pub House, with a spinoff of...

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

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 9/23/2016

The following seven (7) Board Bills will be introduced at today’s 10am meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Review today’s agenda here. Board Bill No. 136 | Block Grant Bill BOARD BILL NO. 136 INTRODUCED BY: Alderman Joseph Roddy An ordinance, recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment,...

Readers Strongly Opposed to Change in Missouri Gun Law

A majority of readers in the non-scientific Sunday Poll strongly oppose the changes to Missouri’s gun laws when the legislature overrode Gov Nixon’s veto lsat week. It should be noted the readership here doesn’t represent the region/state. Come Jan. 1, lawful owners of firearms will be able to conceal and...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 9/16/2016

At Friday’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen twenty-six (26) new Board Bills were introduced. Of these, twenty (20) were new redevelopment plans. Some included provisions for the use of eminent domain, 5 or 10-year tax abatement. Board Bill No. 110 (Roddy) | Zoning Change 1315-39 S. Grand...

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

Sunday Poll: Support or Oppose Missouri Eliminating Permits/Training to Conceal Carry?

The Missouri legislature, controlled by Republicans, overrode bills that Governor Nixon, a Democrat, had vetoed earlier in the year. Including one involving guns: Previously, gun owners could carry a concealed weapon in public by passing a criminal background check and completing a gun safety training class in order to get...

Re-Vote 78th House District Today, Absentee Ballot Process, Legal Challenge In 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Race

On Monday a 3-judge appellate court heard Penny Hubbard’s appeal to the Sept 2nd circuit court ruling that tossed out the results of the August 2nd primary in that race, ordering a special election for today. I was in the courtroom for the opening arguments in the circuit case and...

Readers: Terrorists Less Able To Launch Major Strike 15 Years Later

When I was trying to think of a question about 9/11 I did some digging online for examples and came across something interesting from Pew: Opinions about terrorists’ capabilities to attack the U.S. have long been divided along partisan lines: During George W. Bush’s presidency, Democrats were often more likely...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 9/9/2016

Last Friday, September 9th, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen returned from their summer break. Nine new board bills were introduced per the agenda, the BB’s primary sponsor is shown in parenthesis after the bill number. Board Bill No. 101 (Krewson) | Quit Claim Deed 6001-7 Persing Avenue An ordinance...

A Funding Initiative for Stabilizing Vacant LRA Buildings!

A coalition of neighborhood leaders across the City of St. Louis is proposing new funding to stabilize and secure vacant buildings owned by the City's Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), making them ready for rehabilitation. Neighbors for a Stable St. Show More Summary

We Drove Through Miles of Sprawl to Reach the Country

The weather was so beautiful Saturday September 3rd we decided to go out to lunch — in Washington, Missouri. Since my husband hadn’t tried Sugarfire Smoke House, we decided to go to the riverfront location. Granted, we could’ve gone to the one downtown just 11 blocks away from our loft,...

Sunday Poll: Ability of terrorists to launch major attack in the U.S. is less, greater, or same as on 9/11?

All of us who were adults 15 years ago remember what we were doing as the events unfolded. I was driving to a client’s home in West St. Louis County when I head the start on my car radio. Upon arrival, the three of us watched the 2nd plane on...

Special Election In The 78th House District One Week From Today

A week ago results in one race in the August 2nd primary were tossed out: Judge Rex Burlison set the new Democratic primary in the 78th House District for Sept. 16, the earliest date allowed by state law. The 78th covers a swath of eastern St. Louis, from just north of downtown...

Design Issues With Well-Intentioned Monarch Butterfly Garden

In the news lately has been Alice Hezel’s front yard in Maplewood: Woman defends native plants in her yard; city says clean it up She and the City of Maplewood are in opposite corners on the issue of her garden. I see both sides. Yes, the Monarch butterfly is critical...

Happy Labor Day 2016

Many of you are off work today, because it’s Labor Day: Labor Day: What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the...

Sunday Poll: Monarch Butterfly Gardens In Residential Neighborhoods Are…

Recently a butterfly garden in the inner-ring suburb of Maplewood has been in the news: Alice Helzer has lived in her historic Maplewood home for more than 35 years and for several years has decided to let the plants in her garden grow. She enjoys growing milkweed because it is a natural habitat...

A Look At The New Addition To The Eugene Field House & Toy Museum

It was nearly two years ago when I saw the elevation drawing (below) for the proposed expansion of the 19th century Eugene Field House on South Broadway. Eugene Field House Wins Approval for Museum Expansion Initially my reaction was negative, I imagined cheap materials and poor detailing. However, I decided...

An Urban ‘Agrihood’ Is Worth Considering In St. Louis

The recent Sunday Poll was actually two polls, both n0n-scientific. First, the questions and votes: #1: Which of the following, if any, should residents be allowed to raise in the city? Animals would be subject to minimum space requirements. (Check all that apply) Chickens 29 [24.17%] Rabbits 26 [21.67%] Goats 15...

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