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St. Louis’ Dr Martin Luther King Drive

This is my 14th consecutive year looking at St. Louis’ Martin Luther King Drive — documenting physical changes since the prior year. Next year, my 15th, may well be my last. Each year it gets more and more depressing to do. Each year there is at least one bright spot, but...

Sunday Poll: Will Our Homicide Rate Be Less Than In 2017?

St. Louis had a record year in 2017, just not the type of record cities like: homicides.The St. Louis Police had complied statistics as of December 19, 2017. Number of homicides: 2013: 120 2014: 159 2015: 188 2016: 188 2017: 199 Before the year was out a new chief was named...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 29 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 29th week of the 2017-2018 session. ELEVEN (11) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 1/12/18: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might...

Opinion: Congress Needs To Reclassify Cannabis

Last week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, by reversing the Cole memo, took away what little security the legal marijuana industry had. The Cole memo was never intended to be a permanent fix to the problem posed by the conflict between states that chose to legalize marijuana and existing federal prohibitions....

Chain Retail Stores Closing at Hampton Village (JCPenny) & Chesterfield Mall (American Girl)

I can only think of one thing I purchased at JCPenny in Hampton Village since moving to St. Louis in 1990– a pair of Levi’s jeans about 5-10 years ago. My total lifetime purchases at JCPenny stores can be counted on both hands..maybe just one. My husband and I stopped there...

Sunday Poll: Agree or Disagree With AG’s Decision on Marijuana Legalization?

On Thursday last week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended a 2013 rule allowing federal prosecutors to ignore violations of federal marijuana laws, as long as state laws permit the activity. The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 28 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 28th week of the 2017-2018 session. This week skips two bill numbers that weren’t on the Week 27 agenda. Numbers 219 & 220 are listed but don’t show an introduction date, perhaps they’ll be introduced soon. They’re not on today’s...

Opinion: Take Parking Away From Treasurer’s Office

Former St. Louis treasurer Larry Williams reminds me of a small town version of New York’s Robert Moses (1888-1981), using the state legislature to give him money & power while also remaining free of oversight. At least Williams got elected. Over & over because St. Louis voters can’t think beyond...

Goodbye Twenty Seventeen, Hello Twenty Eighteen

The ten year period 2000-2009 made sense to start off with  “Two Thousand…” when saying the year. For the last 8 years (2010-2017), however, it made more sense to start off with “twenty…” These last few weeks it seemed like I’ve been hearing more reporters, anchors, commercials saying “twenty” than “two thousand..”An...

Sunday Poll: Should Parking Stay Within The Treasurer’s Office?

When St. Louis voted itself out of St. Louis County in 1876 it became an “independent city” with city & county elected offices. In the years since this has produced conflicts as “county” office holders are elected independently and don’t answer to the mayor or aldermen. Sometimes lawsuits are filed. A...

A Review of Posts From 2017

This is the next to last post for 2017. Including a new poll on Sunday, I will have posted 190 times this year. Today I’ve listed a quarter of these — from each month — as my favorite posts for 2017. The reasons why I selected each vary, but I...

Opinion: Tax Bill Xmas Gift a Lump of Coal for Many

The recent non-scientific Sunday Poll asked about the Fair Tax Act of 2017. I made it the Xmas-eve poll topic because of the president characterizing it as a gift. It’s a gift alright…for the wealthy. For the rest of us it appears like a gift…but within a decade it turns to coal....

Many Holiday Gifts Came Likely Came From St. Louis’ Jaccard & Co Jewelry

Many of you will likely be giving and/orreceiving gifts today. Some of those gifts may include jewelry.The following post was started about two months ago, it seemed appropriate to finally finish it for today. Like many, my husband and I are fans of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow program. We watch each...

Sunday Poll: Tax Cuts Bill a Great Xmas Gift for the Middle Class?

On Friday President Trump signed a bill making major changes to our tax code. The bill reduces the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent and supporters argue that will make U.S. business more competitive overseas. Many pass-through businesses also receive a 20 percent deduction.  It lowers individual tax...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Winter Break

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are on their winter break, the next meeting for in the 2017-2018 session will be Friday January 5, 2018. Previous meetings can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session. — Steve Patterson  

Readers Split on Picking the Next St. Louis Police Chief

The recent non-scientoifoc Sunday Poll asked readers to pick from the 6 candidates for Police Chief. Answers were presented to readers in random order, but here they are in the order listed by the Post-Dispatch: Q: Which of the six finalists to become the next Chief of the St. Louis Police...

NEW BOOKS — Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places & Design As Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity

Last week I received two new books from Island Press. Since both look interesting I thought I’d share in a combined post. Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places by Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra, and Stefan Al Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving...

Sunday Poll: Which of the 6 St. Louis Police Chief Candidates Would You Hire?

St. Louis will soon have a new chief of police. The six finalists include three from within the ranks and three from other cities: • Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole, 59, the interim chief, who has been with the St. Louis police department for 33 years. Mayor Lyda Krewson appointed him to...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 27 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 27th week of the 2017-2018 session. EIGHT (8) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 12/8/17: 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...

Opinion: Downtown Needs More Residential Units — Apartments Are Right for the Times

For my parent’s generation (The Silent Generation) the American dream was a good job, the same job, for life — paying off your mortgage.If you worked the same job for life moving was on;y necessary when you wanted a bigger p or smaller residence.  The days of people working for the...

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