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Sunday Poll: Should Height Restriction at 620 Market Remain?

Local news stories are great sources for weekly poll topics. The November 30th story ‘Messenger: Mike Shannon takes on the Cardinals in battle to sell his building‘ is the basis for today’s Sunday Poll. Here’s a summary off the issue: Any development at the location of the now-closed Shannon’s site...

An Exciting Time To Be A St. Louis Booster

If you follow NextSTL, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal, there is plenty to be excited about in our fair city. I've been paying pretty close attention to development plans, rumors and new construction/rehab projects in St. Show More Summary

North Entrance To The Arch Grounds Is Open

Everybody and their brother are going to be sharing photos and talking about the ~$380M Arch grounds renovation. T he public will gain access to the different sections of the project as it opens in stages. I finally had a chance to visit the recently opened northern approach that extends from the Eads Bridge and Laclede's Landing. Show More Summary

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 12/2/2016

The following six Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, review today’s agenda here. B.B.#198 – Roddy – An Ordinance designating a portion of the City as a redevelopment area known as The City Foundry Saint Louis Redevelopment Area pursuant to the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment...

New Homes Under Construction In McKinley Heights

The McKinley Heights neighborhood is ripe for development and rehab. The location is nearly unmatched as you can get anywhere in the city in ~15 minutes. Aesthetically speaking, McKinley Heights is a real unsung hero. It boasts some of the most varied architectural styles and details of any single neighborhood. Show More Summary

Readers: No Revote on Reducing Board of Aldermen

Writing this post on my iPad Monday morning while from the juror lounge at Civil Courts The recent Sunday Poll was about the size of our legislative body. Four years ago we voted to cut the size in half — from 28 to 14. The change is still more than four...

Reading: People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl by Annie Matan & Peter Newman

One of my favorite memories is attending the 2006 Rail-Volution conference in Chicago, the closing plenary session in particular: Participate in this lively presentation and discussion about the strong commitment to pedestrian accessibility in European cities — a critical hallmark of those cities’ livability and sense of community — and...

Lafayette School Converted to Lafayette Lofts in Soulard

The Soulard Neighborhood recently had an exciting new residential development hit the market with the renovation of the former Lafayette Elementary School at 815 Ann Avenue. This beautiful school building was built in 1907 by renowned architect William B. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should We Reconsider Reducing The Board of Aldermen?

In November 2012 more than 130,000 city residents voted on Proposition R — the measure to reducer the size of the Board of Aldermen. Turnout for that election was 74%, but nearly 14,000 voters skipped Prop R. Turnout for the proposition was 66.9%. The following explains 2012’s Prop R: The 14...

The St. Louis Shotgun

You've heard of the American foursquare and the flounder that are quite prevalent throughout St. Louis. But sometimes when I'm tooling around the city I'll run across a long, narrow rectangular home, some of which are colloquially referred to as "shotguns". Show More Summary

Opinion: Service Workers Rarely Get Holidays Off

This afternoon we’re driving up to Springfield IL for Thanksgiving with my husband’s family tonight, his uncle has to work tomorrow. Like many service workers, my husband is off this afternoon & tomorrow only because he requested unpaid time off. Though only a 90-minute drive, we stay overnight in a hotel...

Undue Praise for Piecemeal "Preservation"

Esley Hamilton, who served as St. Louis County's Preservation Historian for 38 years, recently informed me that the November issue of St. Louis Magazine recognized Kristen Sorth, Director of St. Louis County Library in their annual "Power List" for overseeing the ongoing renovation and replacement of several aging branch libraries. Show More Summary

Reading: What Makes A Great City by Alexander Garvin

When I saw the author’s name it looked familiar to me, but I searched the last 12 years of blog posts — no mention. Ah, the answer is in his bio: Alex Garvin is currently an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Architecture and President and CEO of AGA...

Sunday Poll: Should Malls & Retail Stores Be Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving with my husband’s family in Springfield IL is held the Wednesday night before, largely because his uncle, the family patriarch, has to work Thanksgiving Day. This year some stores will be closed this Thursday, from last month: CBL & Associates Properties announced Wednesday that it would close 73 of...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 11/18/2016 (195-197)

Three (3) Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, see the agenda here. Two of the three have been in the news the last few days: B.B.#195 – Krewson – An ordinance for the public health and welfare, prohibiting possession of assault weapons as defined herein; and...

Opinion: Democrats Need To Ditch The Corporate/Centrist Wing, Not The Electoral College

Once it became clear Sen. Bernie Sanders would not be able to overcome the inevitability of Hilary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, I knew I’d be unhappy with the election results. Like most, I fell for the punditry that said Clinton would win both the electoral college & popular vote....

Election Recap

Here’s a recap of races & measures covered before the recent general election. As before. in reverse order: Challenger Rasheen Aldridge defeated inch,bent Rodney Hubbard for 5th ward special election for Dem Committeeman RODNEY HUBBARD 1,266 38.68% RASHEEN ALDRIDGE 1,974 60.31% Write-in Votes 33 1.01% Prop S for Senior services (info)...

Sunday Poll: Should The Electoral College Be Retained Or Ditched?

In Tuesday’s election Donald J. Trump exceeded the magical number of 270 electoral college votes, a simple majority of the 538 total. Why 538? Each state has as many electors as it has senators and members of the House of Representatives, for a total of 538. (The District of Columbia...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 11/10/2016 (185-194)

City hall will be closed tomorrow for Veteran’s Day, so the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet today, review the agenda here.. The following ten Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting: B.B.#185 – Krewson – An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and...

Readers: Reduce The number of Vehicle Lanes on Eads Bridge

The recent non-scientific Sunday Poll was about the Eads Bridge,specifically the configuration of the top level. Tere are the visuals from the poll: Again, those voting were self-selected so the results aren’t scientific or representative of the regional mindset — just of 46 individuals. Still, these 46 do represent a...

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