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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...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bill #99, Last Meeting Before Summer Break

Just one new bill being introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today, the last meeting before Summer break.. ON AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 7/14/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend...

Readers: New CWE Apartment Project Isn’t Too Much Density

In the non-scientific Sunday Poll, an overwhelming majority of those who voted felt a new project wasn’t adding too much density. I agree. Much greater density would’ve been good too, but the number of units was limited by the amount of parking that could fit into the former 1-story warehouse....

Preparing For The Solar Eclipse, August 21. 2017

Solar Eclipse fervor is increasing as August 21, 2017 approaches. What’s all the fuss? For the first time since August 7, 1869 (That’s 148 years!) a total solar eclipse will come to Missouri, and, weather permitting, the next one will be even better than the last one. The 1869 eclipse...

Sunday Poll: Is New CWE Project Too Much Density?

The 1-story storefront/warehouse at 4534 Olive St has stood for nearly a century. From March 2015: Every resident will get a balcony or a deck at a four-story apartment building to be constructed on piers over an 89-year-old Central West End warehouse. Planned are 22 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom apartments...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 95-98

There are 4 new bills to be introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today. ON AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 7/7/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so....

Opinion: Grand Blvd & Forest Park Ave One Of Many Intersections That Should Be Redesigned

A slim majority (52,75%) of those who voted in Sunday’s poll agree with St. Louis Magazine’s Chris Naffziger that the intersection of Grand Blvd & Forest Park Ave — continuing East to Market/I-64 — should be replaced: The solution to the morass of broken asphalt, crumbling overpasses and roaring traffic...

Judge: Special Business District Did Not Comply With State Law, Board Members Failed To Disclose Conflicts of Interest

In January 2016 the Locust Business District was sued by a property owner within the district. Last month the property owner, Bob Wood, was victorious. Yes, for 18 months he’s tried to improve transparency of just one of the city’s many special districts. From March: But for more than a...

Sunday Poll: Should Forest Park Ave & Grand Become An At-Grade Intersection?

In late May Chris Naffziger advocated in a St. Louis Magazine piece that the intersection of Forest Park Ave & Grand Blvd should be changed — returned to a conventional at-grsde intersection.This is currently happening to the West at Forest Park & Kingshighway. See in Google Streetview if you’re unfamiliar. I...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 91-94

There are 3 new bills to be introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today. First, a bill on a later version of lsat week’s agenda so it wasn’t on my post last week. B.B.#91 – Tyus/Green –An Ordinance pertaining to income which is exempt from the City earnings tax, repealing Ordinance 65094,...

Opinion: St. Louis Wants To Pretend Racism Didn’t/Doesn’t Exist

In Sunday’s non-scientific poll more than half of those who voted felt the city wasn’t the owner of the Confederate monument even though it had been in Forest Park since 1914. Q: Agree or disagree: The Confederate Monument, placed in Forest Park in 1914, is the property of the City of...

Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Urban Areas

The auto industry is quickly moving toward full self0-driving cars. The impact on cities, including St. Louis, could be huge. You might be thinking it is a decade or more away, but earlier this month GM announced a a major accompaniment. General Motors said Tuesday it has finished making 130...

Sunday Poll: Who Owns The Confederate Monument In Forest Park?

In the recent past I’ve voiced opposition to the removal of the Confederate monument in Forest Park — it’s a good reminder of our ugly history. If a Confederate flag was flying at city hall I’d, of course, favor removing it. The monument, in my eyes, is different. It will...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 76-90

There are 15 new bills (same number as last week) to be introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today. Some further butcher the street grid, others related to development projects. One renames a public park. More on the municipal courts project… ON AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 6/23/17: Note that just because a...

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