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Readers Split on Giving the Chronically Homeless Apartments

My views towards homelessness have changed over the years; I wasn’t a supporter of the “housing first” model, it didn’t make sense to me. Now, after looking into it with an open mind, I see it is very logical. We know from decades of experience that how we’ve been attempting...

St. Mary’s Razed Original St. Mary’s Hospital Building

Over my years in St. Louis I’ve visited St. Mary’s Hospital on Clayton Road a few times, always to visit others. However, six years ago today I arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital from Saint Louis University Hospital to begin physical rehab following my stroke. I don’t remember arriving, but I...

Contactless Transit Smart Cards

On my first trip to Washington D.C. in August of 1990 I rode their Metro subway system. Even back then you could buy a card you’d swipe that would deduct the appropriate fare from your balance. It was quick and convenient because riders didn’t need to buy tickets each trip....

Loretta Hall Park

Loretta Hall Park, 1 of 111 St. Louis parks, is located near the intersection of 14th and Cole Street. The park has been around since 1842 and accounts for 2.3 acres within the Carr Square Neighborhood just north of Downtown: From the city website: Presented to the City in August, 1842 by William C. Show More Summary

Poll: Should the President of the Board of Aldermen be selected from within the BoA or continue as a citywide office?

A recent article caught my eye because of the suggestion of a major change in governance in St. Louis government: For decades, the politicians in City Hall’s marble-columned aldermanic chamber have jostled and jockeyed for power. Now, as they gather this morning to celebrate the city’s 250th birthday, some are contemplating...

Interco Park

Interco Plaza, located in the Downtown Neighborhood is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks. The 0.71 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1977 and is just south of the Post-Dispatch and north of the St. Patrick Center (homeless services). St....Show More Summary

People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener. Healthier Cities by F. Kaid Benfield

Decades ago books on cities talked about razing buildings, clearing away the old to make way for the new, segregating uses & people, etc.  These days the subjects are sustainability, health of the inhabitants & the city, regionalism, etc. This shift requires new ways of thinking about old problems. Enter People...

Sidewalks In Chicago

Last weekend my fiancé and I went to Chicago for a 3-day weekend. I’ve been numerous times since my stroke 6+ years ago, including last August, but each of those visits was by car with me as passenger or driver. This trip we took Amtrak so I could use my...

A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street

A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street Oh hey, this project I worked on made the NYT. I was part of the quality control team. I identified and corrected errors in the blight surveys as they came in from the street. Worth noting again: Opinions on this blog are mine, and do not […]

Two Locally Preferred Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Routes Selected

In September readers picked the I-64 BRT route between downtown and Chesterfield as their favorite of four bus rapid transit (BRT) routes being studied by the Transportation Corridor Improvement Group (TCIG), which “consists of staff from Metro, EWGCOG, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and MoDOT”. “None” was 2nd in the...

Readers Not Among The Unbanked

The number of unbanked citizens in St. Louis is high, but according to the unscientific poll last week readers of this blog aren’t among them: Q: Not everyone uses all available financial tools, which of the following do you use? (check all that apply) Debit card(s) 56 [14.58%] Retirement account through...

Wrap on New Downtown Trolley Buses a Great Improvement

The #99 Downtown Trolley, regular buses with a cartoon wrap, have been on the streets since July 2010. People laugh at the wrap but it’s effective. The one problem with the original is the wrap made it impossible to see out the side windows. Tourists & locals unable to see...

Losing the Castle Ballroom

A demolition permit application was applied for o n January 31st for the Castle Ballroom at the corner of Olive Street and T. E. Huntley (formerly known as Ewing). The buildings roof suffered a partial collapse in November of last year when one of the large timber trusses that spanned the ballroom space failed. Show More Summary

The Indoor Mall No Longer Retail King

In the St. Louis region a number of once bustling malls are gone or are on life support, let’s take a look at some examples. St. Louis Centre In the 1980s St. Louis Centre was a briefly-popular mall downtown, now it’s a parking garage with sidewalk-facing retail. Union Station Union...

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park is the nearly 30 acre centerpiece of one of St. Louis' most beautiful neighborhoods: Lafayette Square. The park was named in honor of the Marques de Lafayette (1757-1834), a French statesman who served as a volunteer under General George Washington in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Poll: Do You Support Giving the Chronically Homeless Apartments?

A week ago 60 Minutes did an interesting story on the homeless: Giving apartments to homeless people who’ve been on the streets for years before they’ve received treatment for drug or alcohol problems or mental illness may not sound like a wise idea. But that’s what’s being done in cities...

Penrose Park

Penrose Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks located in the Penrose Neighborhood. This 51.22 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1910 and is located just south of Interstate 70 at Kingshighway Boulevard: This is a beautiful park thatShow More Summary

DollarHelp Contest: Enter to Win a Trip to St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training!

This winter has been extra cold and some in our region need help staying warm. The DollarHelp program is an easy way to help those truly in need: DollarHelp is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1982. Over the past three decades, with donations from St. Louisans across the city and...

Daydream #384

Closed on the warehouse...dimes became dollars and everything came together. No insurance yet, no loans. Friends and confidants landed at the right time. The ping-pong table will be 3rd floor southwest corner. The drum set is not in the basement anymore, probably near the bar now. Show More Summary

Sublette Park

Sublette Park is 1 of 111 St. Louis parks located in the Southwest Garden neighborhood (although it feels more like the Hill/North Hampton). This 13.52 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1925. The park takes its name from the street on its eastern border.Here's who Sublette is named after: Named in honor of William L. Show More Summary

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