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Ferguson’s Neighbors Dellwood & Jennings Also Impacted

For nearly three weeks the focus has been on Ferguson, but residents & businesses in neighboring Jennings & Dellwood have also been impacted. So if you’re trying to help out by patronizing businesses be sure to include businesses up and down W. Florissant and Chambers, in Jennings, Dellwood, and Ferguson....

Three Area Police Officers Suspended, Including Glendale’s Matthew Pappert

The last week several local police officers were suspended from duty. First was St. Ann Lt. Ray Albers: A St. Ann police lieutenant has been suspended after pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a protester in Ferguson late Tuesday night, police said. (stltoday) On Friday August 23rd we heard about two more...

O'Fallon Park

O'Fallon Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 126 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1908 and is bordered roughly by I-70, West Florissant Avenue and Adelaide Avenue in the O'Fallon neighborhood. This is a beautiful park. One of my favorites. Show More Summary

Unity Park

Unity Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 2 acre park is located on the former Walnut Park School grounds at the intersection of Riverview Boulevard and Thekla Avenue in the Walnut Park East neighborhood: The park was placed into ordinance in 2004 per the city website. Show More Summary

Father Filipiak Park

Father Filipiak Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 4.3 acre park, dedicated in 1980, is at the corner of 9th and Biddle in the Columbus Square neighborhood: This park is immediately adjacent to another city park, Columbus Square Park. Show More Summary

Poll Results On Ferguson Shooting

The poll last week had two questions related to the the shooting of Michael Brown and the leadership afterwords. Many more voters than usual, but these events are known around the world so I expected higher than usual numbers. Which of the following do you think happened in Ferguson MO...

Aviator Charles Lindbergh Died 40 Years Ago Today

U.S. Route 67 runs north-south from the Mexico border in Texas into Iowa after passing through Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois. In St. Louis County U.S.67 is better known as Lindbergh Boulevard, named after famed aviator Charles Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974): One of the finest fliers of...

Tambo Park

Okay, in visiting and blogging on all 111 St. Louis parks I've come across another mystery. The city website lists Tambo Park, a 1 acre park at Rutger and Ohio Avenues in the Gate District neighborhood as being placed into ordinance in 1985. Show More Summary

14th Street Mall Park

Per the city website, 14th Street Mall Park is a 1.27 acre park placed into ordinance in 1976. Well, if all that is true, I certainly can't find it. Of course, I found the amazing 14th Street Mall re-branded as Crown Square...but no park. Show More Summary

Rumbold Park

Rumbold Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 3 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1945 and is located near North Spring and North Market Avenues in the Jeff Vander Lou Neighborhood. N amed in honor of Charlotte Rumbold, superintendent of public playgrounds and recreation in the St. Show More Summary

Michael Brown Tribute on Canfield Drive

The funeral for Michael Brown, the teenager shot & killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th, will be held today. Last week I finally made it down Canfield Drive to see the makeshift memorial to him. My heart goes out to family & friends. – Steve Patterson

Buder & International Buildings Imploded 30 Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago today at 7:24 am the Buder and International Buildings, which were located on the block bounded by 7th, 8th, Market & Chestnut Streets, were imploded to make way for implementation of the Gateway "Half-Mall" plan. Today the block is occupied by the Gateway One Building on the north half and a plaza/park on the south half. Show More Summary

Hickey Park

Hickey Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. This 16.26 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1947 and is located in the Baden Neighborhood just east of North Broadway right at Harlan Avenue: The park was named after David Hickey, the first St. Show More Summary

Weekly Poll/Trivia: Which FOUR (4) of the following are part of unincorporated St. Louis County, NOT a separate village/town/city

The poll question this week is really a trivia question. In the poll, right sidebar, I’ve listed 16 areas in St. Louis County; four, 25%, are part of unincorporated St. Louis County. The other 12 are among the 90 incorporated villages, towns, and cites in St. Louis County. Without doing...

In 2012 A Resident Had To Fight With Ferguson Officials To Keep His Front Yard Vegetable Garden

The post is a repeat of my post A Front Yard Vegetable Garden In Ferguson Missouri from August 2012: — In July one modest house in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson got the attention of many: A Ferguson resident has won a battle with city officials that could be considered a...

Braille Bus Stop Signs Shouldn’t Face The Street

For nearly a decade this blog has been about my observations, even if some think they’re trivial.  Monday & Tuesday I noticed something I’d never seen before, braille signs to mark bus stops. Out of curiosity I turned to the web to learn more. I found the following on a...

Readers Favor Grove Homeowners In Dispute With Music Venue; Poor Site Selection A Contributor

Grove homeowners Brad Fratello & Doug Moore have built a beautiful custom home for themselves.  For the background see Grove homeowners are upset about loud music from the venue behind their home. Who do you favor in this dispute? Here is the results from the poll: Q: Grove homeowners are upset...

Urban Land Banking Prairie In Chicago

Yesterday’s post was about an interesting parking garage in Chicago, today is the story of why I went up to the top of the garage. My assumption is this is a way of land banking until Northwestern decides to build on the land. The block held a large zig-zag 1940s/50s...

A Landscaped Musical Parking Garage In Chicago

Earlier this month I noticed an interesting parking garage in the block east of where we were staying on a weekend in Chicago, it was both landscaped and musical… Here’s a list of the songs for each level (links to Wikipedia): 3) Green Acres 4) Orange Colored Sky 5) Blue...

Weekly Poll: Two Questions About Michael Brown and Ferguson MO

More than a week ago a young man lost his life, shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson: His mother, Lesley McSpadden, said the shooting took place as her son was walking to his grandmother’s residence. Piaget Crenshaw, 19, said she was waiting for a ride to work when she...

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