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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...

One Hundred Kingshighway - 2016 St. Louis City Talk Favorite

Last but certainly not least on my list of twenty favorites from 2016, the skyscraper proposal at One Hundred Kingshighway Boulevard between West Pine and Lindell in the Central West End Neighborhood. This one was announced in December, so I had already assembled my list of top twenty projects when this one came in. Show More Summary

Upcoming Scooter Rides

Hey fellow scooter and St. Louis enthusiasts, if you'd like to join me for a ride, or suggest a route feel free to send a note to stlouiscitytalk@gmail.comIt's always good to get another perspective.Cheers!

Scooter Ride #2

So I'll share some photos of what I saw on a June 11, 2017 scooter ride. The week before, I went up north to check out the NGA site and meandered about in those parts. The reason I chose to head south for my next ride was the fact that the Southern Funeral Home building was being razed. Show More Summary

Readers: Consolidated Government Not Too Extreme To Consider

The St. Louis region is highly fractured — lots of units of government. From numerous counties in two states you have many municipalities within each. Plus school districts, sewer districts, etc. We can look to Indianapolis’ 1969 Unigov for one example: Unigov was neither a complete consolidation nor a perfect...

Design: Vehicle Headlights

As I indicated a few weeks ago when talking about the use of headlines, I promised future posts on the design of automotive lighting — headlights & taillights. No, this isn’t becoming an auto blog. Vehicles are a fact of life in urban areas. In fact, pedestrian deaths are on...

Sunday Poll: Would A Consolidation Of City & County Be Too Extreme Or The Perfect Solution?

In 1876 the City of St. Louis left St. Louis County, an act known as the Great Divorce. Four years later the city’s population was over 350k and growing rapidly. In the 140+ years since, a lot has changed in both the city & county. The two sides are open...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 62-76

There are 15 new bills to be introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today. Some further butcher the street grid, others related to development projects. ON AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 6/16/17: (Note: as of 7:30pm last night the pages with full bill language were not available) B.B.#62 – Ogilvie ?...

Readers: Remove Payroll Tax Exemption From Not-For-Profit Employers With More Than 20 Employees

Employers in the city pay a one-half of one percent payroll tax, but many have been exempted from this requirement. Ald Conway wants to end the exemptions for those with 21 or more employees: BOARD BILL NO. 58 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN STEPHEN CONWAY An ordinance pertaining to the payroll expense...

50 Years Since Unanimous SCOTUS Decision In Loving v Virginia

Half a century ago today the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled laws outlawing interracial marriage were unconstitutional. On June 12, 1967, the nation’s highest court voted unanimously to overturn the conviction of Richard and Mildred Loving, a young interracial couple from rural Caroline County, Va.  That decision struck down the...

Sunday Poll: Should Large Non-Profits Remain Exempt From A Local Payroll Tax?

On Fridsy a bill was introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to increased revenue to pay for more police, and increase their salaries. Alderman Stephen Conway says he’d like to end the city’s exemption of the half percent payroll tax granted to nonprofits. “We are losing officers,” Conway says...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 49-61

Last week the St. Louis Board of Aldermen had new Board Bills 43-48 on their agenda for introduction but they adjourned after announcements — see video here. ON AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 6/9/17: B.B.#49 – Davis  –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3904 Folsom. B.B.#50 – Conway –An ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and...

Tower Grove Park

Between June, 2013 and October, 2014 I blogged on all 108 St. Louis parks. As part of that project, I chose not to include Tower Grove Park since it's technically not a city park. Per the official city designation, Tower Grove Park is an Independent Park: But it would be wrong not to cover it here for completeness sake. Show More Summary

Option: Minority Of Drivers Put Others At Risk By Not Using Headlights When Visibility Is Reduced.

I got pulled over once for not having my headlights on when I should have. Years ago I bought a used Audi A4 where the dash lights were on if the car was on. Leaving a restaurant on South Grand my first night with the car I could see fine...

Crossing Hampton At Elizabeth

Four times per year I visit my doctor on South Hampton, 45-minutes each way via public transit to/from downtown. As a regular transit user and pedestrian I actually enjoy the time. What I don’t enjoy is crossing Hampton upon arrival. The last five years I’ve taken MetroBus to my doctor...

Scooter Ride #1

I jumped on my 2010 Kymco People S250cc scooter on a sunny, hot morning for a long ride this weekend. North and Central parts of the city are my favorite places to ride. So much is changing in these parts of St. Louis, sometimes I feel like I loose my bearings on where I'm at. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: When Should Drivers Turn On Their Headlights?

For more than a dozen years now this blog has been about issues that interest me, the things I experience as an urban dweller. Automotive lighting is one such area of interest — been thinking about future posts on headlight & taillight design. Driving at night without headlights might sound extremely undesirable...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 42-48

The past few meetings of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen they’ve voted to suspend the rules to introduce other bill not on the published agenda.Happened again last week. INTRODUCED LAST WEEK 5/25/17: BOARD BILL NO. 42 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN JOE VACCARO An ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of...

Readers: Money Spent Improving Arch Grounds Not A Waste

Over half those who voted in Sunday’s non-scientific poll don’t think it’s a waste to invest in the Arch ground improvements. ver Q:  Agree or disagree: the millions being spent on changes in & around the Gateway Arch are a waste of taxpayer dollars. Strongly agree 2 [6.06%] Agree 2...

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