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Ever Changing Grocery Market

The grocery industry, like many industries, continues to evolve. In the UK, for example, analysts are suggesting one out of five stores need to close to grow profits.  Closer to home, Whole Foods is building a new store in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods: That proposition entails unusually high stakes...

Sunday Poll: What Day Do You Think The Michael Brown Grand Jury Will Announce Their Decision?

On Wednesday I said there would be no more weekly polls, which is true. However, that afternoon, I decided to try a poll that’s open for just 12 hours: 8am-8pm, each Sunday. Most likely you saw the news yesterday — no decision from the Grand Jury yet: A steady rain dampened...

Repurposing Gas Stations As Restaurants

The other day, while waiting at a red light, I noticed a business had opened in an old filling station at Eichelberger & S. Kingshighway. The ice cream shop is called The Filling Station. I haven’t patronized the business so I can’t speak to the food or service. However, I...

Successful Pedestrian Malls Kept Cross Streets Open

Pedestrian malls, the closing of a street to vehicles, is an area of great interest to me. Popular in the 1960s & 1970s, very few had long-term success in North America, most failed and have been reversed. St. Louis’ former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall was such a failure. In September...

No More Weekly Polls

In February 2009 I introduced the weekly poll on this blog. It’s been a great 5+ year run but every poll the last few weeks has been overrun by a flood of new visitors voting, I’m tired of seeing them flip the natural results to match their agenda. I can’t...

Use Headlights During Low Visibility Conditions

Sunday I drove my husband to work so I could use our shared car for errands. As I was ready to return downtown from Ellisville (far West St. Louis County) I noticed the weather had suddenly gotten worse. What amazed me is how many people driving on Clarkson & I-64...

St. Louis’ IKEA Will Be Just Like Kansas City’s IKEA

My husband and I recently visited the newly opened IKEA in the Kansas City area. I’d researched the location prior to our trip, more on that later. As we entered the top level it hit me — it’s just like the 2nd Chicago-area IKEA (Bolingbrook, IL). I emailed IKEA spokesman...

Poll: Do You Plan To Shop On Thanksgiving Day?

Some retailers have announced they’ll be open Thanksgiving Day, while others proclaim they’ll be closed. Kmart, J.C. Penney, Toys R Us and Walmart are all opening their doors on Thanksgiving this year, but that doesn’t mean everyone is asking workers to report for Black Friday duty a day early. At least 13 large retailers have...

New Parking Meters On Display

If you haven’t seen the new parking meters that are coming you can stop by the St Louis Traffic Violation Bureau at 229 N 7th St. You can also use these at Laclede & Euclid, they accept coins & credit cards. If you have a smartphone (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry) you...

Last Blumeyer High Rise Tower Coming Down

Now that residents of the last tower at the former Blumeyer public housing project have been relocated, see New Phases of North Sarah Apartments, Buildings on Vandeventer, the balding is being razed. A 2011 article says the site will become “green space.”  I doubt it’ll be quality park space, just...

Voter ID Laws Supress Voters

A majority of those who voted in the poll last week foolishly think voter ID laws are about preventing fraud. The real motivation is to keep those who typically vote Democratic from voting: A disabled woman in Travis County was turned away from voting because she couldn’t afford to pay...

We Shouldn’t Finance A New Stadium To Keep The Rams In St. Louis

Last week Gov Nixon took steps to try to keep the Rams NFL franchise in the St. Louis region: Two civic leaders who played major roles in bringing the Rams to St. Louis have been tapped to play  similar roles in trying to keep them here. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon discussed...

Three Infill Projects Accomodate Pedestrians and Motorists

I’m a huge fan of Retrofitting Suburbia, the redevelopment of formerly auto-centric suburban retail sites. In late September, while on my honeymoon, I got to see three different examples in the Denver area. Two site once had traditional enclosed malls, the third was previously an airport. We started with the oldest and finished...

Poll: Should Missouri have a law like Oregon’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’?

Last week you probably heard about the terminally ill woman in Oregon who ended her own life: Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 29. (People) Once...

St. Louis City Park Website

The thing that started me on a personal quest back in 2009 to visit each and every neighborhood in St. Louis and share my findings on this blog was the official St. Louis Website. Being an admirer of maps, I kept looking at the bird's eye view of St. Show More Summary

Accessibility Error at Yorkshire Village Shopping Center Addressed

Back on July I posted about a problem accessing Yorkshire Village Shopping Center, recently completed construction had created a new obstacle! I contacted the property owner about the problem, we even met at the site once. It’s a small change, but was much more expensive after the fact than if it had...

Eleanor Roosevelt Visited St. Louis 75 Years Ago

Seventy-five years ago today First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote about her visit to St. Louis the day before.  She arrived at St. Louis’ Union Station, having been in Kansas City.  Later that Sunday she visited Fort Belle Fontaine: I visited a training school for boys between the ages of 12 and...

McCulloch’s Process Guarantees No Indictment

Within the first 24 hours of last week’s poll it was clear it had been hijacked by trolls, skewing the results.  The vote count in a day was more than I usually see for the full week. I waited until Tuesday afternoon then decided to remove the poll from the...

Election Day: Are You A Voter or Nonvoter?

Election day is finally here, please be sure to vote!   Here’s a look at the turnout in the City of St. Louis from four different elections: August 2014 Missouri Primary: 35,540 ballots (20.29%) of 175,178 registered voters March 2013 Municipal Primary: 44,399 ballots (22.08%) of 201,050 registered voters November 2012 Presidential: 144,537 ballots (74.04%)...

INCREDIBLE.

I kept thinking someone was coming up the driveway, with the weird white light at the end of it. People often use our driveway to turn around, or… was it my landlord coming home? I stopped twice, and then hesitated again at the end of the drive, but there was no car coming. I backed […]

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