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Panera’s St. Louis Beginnings Not Part Of Narrative, Sold To European Investment Firm

Last week we learned that Panera is being sold to a German European investment firm: JAB Holding Co., the owner of Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said Wednesday that it would buy Sunset Hills-based Panera Bread Co. in a deal valued at about $7.5 billion, including debt, as it expands...

Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis Privatize The Airport?

Last month outgoing St. Louis mayor, Francis Slay, suggested a change in management of the city-owned airport: Mayor Slay says he started eyeing the idea of a public-private partnership for Lambert last year. He says one positive is a potential influx of hundreds of millions of dollars that could be...

Large Turnout For Tuesday’s General Election

Tuesday’s general election had the highest turnout of any April general in the City of St. Louis for the last decade! Voter turnout was twice as high for this city general election than four years ago, the last time the mayor’s race was on the ballot. Voter turnout was 30...

Readers: NLEC’s Closure Will Not Be A Negative For St. Louis

An overwhelming majority of those of voted in the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll don’t think the closure of Larry Rice’s New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) will be a long-term negative. A: Agree or disagree: today’s closure of the New Life Evangelistic Center (Rice’s homeless shelter) will be a long-term negative for...

Most Won’t Vote Tomorrow

If you’re like me, you vote in every election. Unfortunately, not everyone is a regular voter. With an open seat for mayor, the partisan primary last month had better turnout than 4 years earlier — though still dismal at just 28.6%. Last November the turnout was 69,43% — low compared...

Sunday Poll: Will NLEC’s Closing Be Positive Or Negative In The Long-Term?

Late last week Larry Rice said his downtown emergency emergency shelter, the New Life Evangelistic Center will close today: Rev. Larry Rice said he will comply with a judge’s order and close his downtown shelter. The New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) will be ceasing operations on 5:00 p.m. Sunday. A...

Trump Tweets Gateway Arch Should Be Changed To Gold Color

Om March 21st @USPS Stamps introduced a new Gateway Arch priority mail stamp, retweeting a @KMOV tweet: The @GatewayArchSTL is featured on the newest @USPS stamp! #n4tm https://t.co/JMNyOyUbwp pic.twitter.com/qWecpRhYA2 — KMOV (@KMOV) March 21, 2017 In the early hours this morning President Trump tweeted that our iconic Gateway Arch would look better if gold in...

Fire Destroyed Lindell Hotel 150 Years Ago Today

A huge fire destroyed St. Louis’ premier hotel on this date a century snd a half ago: On March 30, 1867, the Lindell Hotel caught fire for reasons unknown. The ornate six-story building was a marvel of architectural design carefully crafted from brick, iron, and stone. As word of the...

Readers Divided On Breed-Specific Municipal Bans

The results of the most recent non-scientific Sunday Poll were nearly tied: Q: Agree or disagree: Municipal bans on ‘pit bull’ dog breeds should remain in force. Strongly agree 19 [36.54%] Agree 1 [1.92%] Somewhat agree 5 [9.62%] Neither agree or disagree 1 [1.92%] Somewhat disagree 4 [7.69%] Disagree 6 [11.54%]...

The Sunshine Makers, LSD and a St. Louis Connection

Netflix recently made "The Sunshine Makers" available for streaming. This 2015 documentary chronicles the life and times of two men, Nicholas Sands and Tim Scully, who together set in motion the psychedelic revolution of the late 1960's. Show More Summary

Charter Amendments On General Election Ballot

A week from tomorrow is the general election in St. Louis.  I already posted about the School Board & Junior College Board races. We all know about the mayor’s race, and some of us live in a ward electing an alderman to a 4-year term. All of us have the following six...

Sunday Poll: Should Municipal Bans On Pit Bulls Remain?

Two weeks ago one local municipality voted to repeal a prior ban on pit bulls: The Florissant City Council voted Monday night to end the city’s ban on pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The new ordinance that passed states it “allows pit bull dogs in the city with mandatory spaying...

April 4th Ballot: School Board & Junior College Board

In a little over a week St. Louis voters will return to the polls for the general election — mostly a rubber-stamp of the Democratic nominees selected earlier this month. In addition to propositions that I’ll cover next week, there are two often overlooked nonpartisan races on our ballot (sample):...

Opinion: Loop Trolley Will Surprise Naysayers

I’m not a huge fan of vintage/heritage streetcar/trolley lines — I much prefer modern streetcar lines using 21st century low-floor vehicles (see Kansas City’s streetcar). I have ridden vintage/heritage lines in San Francisco, Little Rock, New Orleans, and Memphis. I wanted to ride the one in Dallas after becoming disabled,...

Follow Up Post RE: The Evening Whirl

So I recently stumbled across a St. Louis original, the Evening Whirl. The story is all right here. Happenstance and the Whirl made it's way into my afternoon today when I picked up two Sprites and a bag of Skittles (don't judge me) and asked the gas station attendant for the Whirl. Show More Summary

Demolition of the Southern Funeral Home Nears

A few weeks ago the founder of Refab, Eric Schwartz messaged me to say that Refab was going to be salvaging items from the interior and exterior of the Southern Funeral Home on S. Grand Boulevard and asked if I would like to photograph it before it was demolished. Show More Summary

Safety Expert Killed Crossing 4th Street 15 Years Ago Today.

I post often about the poor pedestrian conditions in downtown St. Louis — such as these from last year: Poor/Inconsistent Pedestrian Experience: 18th Street & Olive Street (June 2016) 18th & Market St: Pedestrians Must Wait While Vehicles Turn Opposite Direction (June 2016) Olive & Tucker Designed for Pedestrian-Vehicle Conflict...

Historic Codes, an Empty Lot and a Proposed Mosque In McKinley Heights

I attended the Fox Park neighborhood association meeting this past January and was pleased to find an agenda jam packed with topics and speakers. It was exciting to just sit back and listen to all that is going on in my neck of the woods. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Will The Loop Trolley Be A Successes or Failure?

Testing of car 001 will begin soon on the Loop Trolley project — a 2.2 mile vintage streetcar line. Initially the car will be pulled by a truck to test tolerances, followed by powering up the overhead wires so it can run on its own. Few projects have been...

Some Local Media Confused On Write-In vs Independent Candidacy

Late last week new state rep Bruce Franks Jr. was considering a run for mayor as a write-in candidate, but half a day later he decided not to leave the 78th district that elected him to replace Penny Hubbard. Today’s post isn’t about Franks or the mayoral race — it’s about...

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