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Readers Split On Restriction Of Police Tactics

Following protests earlier this year, the ACLU sued the St. Louis Police over their tactics.  Last week came a ruling: U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry’s order says that police can’t declare an “unlawful assembly” and enforce it against those “engaged in expressive activity, unless the persons are acting in concert...

Reading: The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval

Communities must remain resilient to weather change, a recent book explores this issue: The sustainability challenges of yesterday have become today’s resilience crises. National and global efforts have failed to stop climate change, transition from fossil fuels, and reduce inequality. We must now confront these and other increasingly complex problems by...

Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis Police Be Able To Declare Protests Are “Unlawful Assembly”?

Last week a judge put limits on the St. Louis {P;oce: U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry’s order says that police can’t declare an “unlawful assembly” and enforce it against those “engaged in expressive activity, unless the persons are acting in concert to pose an imminent threat to use force or violence or...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 24 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 24th week of the 2017-2018 session. No new bills were introduced last week. THIRTEEN (13) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/17/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly,...

Readers: A Burrito Is Not A Sandwich

A century ago retailers could lease or buy a storefront where they pleased, but with shopping centers/malls leases began to include clauses to exclude potential competition.A Boston-area franchisee of St. Louis-based Panera sued their landlord when it leased a space to a burrito place. The lease prohibited another sandwich place....

The LRA’s 10 Smallest Properties For Sale.

Last week I posted about the city’s Land Reutilization Authority, see Land Reutilization Authority Selling Vacant Lot That Is Less Than An Inch Wide. Today I want to highlight this property and nine others to make the 10 smallest properties for sale — out of 151 under 1,000 square feet....

Sunday Poll: What Qualifies As A Sandwich?

I’m still recovering from wrist surgery so this week’s poll is one I’ve been saving for a rainy day. Nothing too serious, yet highly controversial. Some have narrow definitions of s sandwich, while others have a more broad definition that includes hot dogs, tacos, and burritos. From Merriam-Webster: Definition of sandwich...

Land Reutilization Authority Selling Vacant Lot That Is Less Than An Inch Wide

The city’s Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) was a critical tool in the era of massive land clearance for urban renewal projects, like Pruitt-Igoe. This tool, largely unchanged, has been in continuous use since thr failure of urban renewal decades ago. It needs to be rethought or ditched entirely. They don’t...

Urban Planning In An Era Of Terrorism

For the past few years I’ve been thinking about urban design/planning as it resounds to terrorism. On Halloween the truck attack we’d seen in London and other cities worldwide came to America, NYC. I have no insights, no solutions. Each time a terrorist drives a truck down a bike path,...

Sunday Poll: Should The LRA Bank Properties In Low-Density Neighborhoods?

Today’d poll relates to the LRA: The Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) receives title to all tax delinquent properties not sold at the Sheriff’s sale. It also receives title to properties through donations. The SLDC Real Estate Department maintains, markets, and sells these properties and performs land assemblage for future development. A new board bill...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 22 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 22nd week of the 2017-2018 session. SEVEN NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/3/17: 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...

Opinion: St. Louis Should Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana never should have been classified as am illegal drug to begin with. So why was it? A top bureaucrat didn’t want to be out of a job! In 1929, a man called Harry Anslinger was put in charge of the Department of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. But alcohol prohibition...

13th Anniversary Of UrbanReviewSTL

Today is Halloween…which means it’s also the anniversary of this blog. The 13th anniversary! Last year I ended comments on blog posts…best decision ever. You can still comment via Facebook & Twitter. No major changes this time as the 14th year starts, posting 4 days per week will continue: Sundays 8am:...

Sunday Poll: Should the City of St. Louis Legalize Marijuana?

One of four new board bills introduced on Friday The bill, sponsored by Alderman Megan Green, 15th Ward, would stop enforcement of any laws that permit “the civil or criminal punishment for the use or possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia against any individual or entity,” except under certain circumstances....

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 21 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 21st week of the 2017-2018 session. One bill was introduced last week that wasn’t on the agenda available the day before the meeting: BOARD BILL NO. 176 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN ARNOWITZ An ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of...

Opinion: Doubtful St. Louis Will Be A Finalist For Amazon’s HQ2…And That’s OK

It seems nearly everyone wants to land Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, dubbed HQ2: Amazon says it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions wanting to host the company’s new headquarters. Proposals came from 54 states, provinces, and districts. All US states except Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota submitted...

Preservation Board To Consider Demolition Request For Historic Block On South Broadway In Carondelet Neighborhood

This afternoon the St. Louis Preservation Board will consider a request for demolition. an appeal, because the Cultural Resources director initially denied the request. The request is to raze an entire block of historic buildings on South Broadway. Broadway is one of the few streets in St. Louis that runs...

Sunday Poll: How Confident Are You The St. Louis Region Will Be Among The Finalists For Amazon’s HQ2?

Last week cities/regions submitted their proposal to win Amazon’s 2nd North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The highly-fragnented St. Louis region came together to submit one unified proposal: Today, leaders submitted a unified regional bid for Amazon’s second headquarters — known as HQ2. The proposed site spans both sides of the...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 20 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 20th week of the 2017-2018 session. TWO NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10//20/17: 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...

Opinion: Professional Lobbyists Shouldn’t Be Aldermen

The 28 members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are paid by taxpayers to pass legislation that hopefully is beneficial to the city. Lobbyists, on the other hand, are paid by clients to push for legislation that benefits their interests. Lobbyists don’t belong in a legislative body, even if...

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