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Readers: Metro Should Ban Smoking at MetroBus Transit Centers Like They Do At MetroLink Light Rail Platforms

Ever since our MetroLink light rail system opened in 1993 it has been treated very differently from the MetroBus system, with the latter being sort of the bastard step-child. Smoking isn’t allowed inside bus or train vehicles but currently smoking isn’t allowed on MetroLink platforms, but is allowed at MetroBus...

Downtown’s Bike Station Opened Four Years Ago

Many thought we’d never get a bike station — a place to shower, change clothes, and store your bike. After it opened the question became how long would it remain open?  Today marks four years, in that time Trailnet moved their offices from a storefront space at 16th & Washington...

Buildings I’d Like To See Rehabbed

In the nearly 25 years I’ve lived in St. Louis I’ve seen way too many buildings razed, but I’ve also witnessed quite a few be reoccupied.  Some we rehabbed before my arrival: Powell Hall, 1968: I was only a year old when the St. Louis Symphony bucked the 1960s trend...

Sunday Poll: Metro allows smoking at MetroBus Transit Centers but not on MetroLink platforms. Metro should:

Today’s poll is about Metro’s smoking policy. Riders can smoke at transit centers while waiting for a MetroBus, but those riders on platforms waiting for a MetroLink light rail train can’t smoke. Transit centers are points where numerous bus routes meet, often adjacent to MetroLink stations — Civic Center &...

Surplus School Buildings Open For Tours

Part of the problem of losing hundreds of thousands of residents over a half century is a surplus of buildings. One property owner — The St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) — still has buildings they need to unload. Over the years some former schools have found new owners and new...

Openly Secular: Opening Minds, Changing Hearts

Today’s post isn’t for everyone, but I know from past experience some of you will appreciate the message. If you’re religious fine, if you’re religious and get offended hearing others say they’re not religious — you’d better stop now. I learned about Openly Secular Day on the most recent CBS Sunday Morning:...

Majority of Readers Favor Replacing Jackson With A Woman on Future $20 Bills

The Sunday Poll was about who should be on future $20 bills — Andrew Jackson or one of four women from our history.  It was easy to predict the single answer with the most votes would be Andrew Jackson. Q: Who should be on future $20 bills? Andrew Jackson — former...

Potholes at Curb Ramps

Potholes are annoying, but if you’re watching the road you can often miss them. When I drive our car I do my best to avoid potholes, but in my power wheelchair I often can’t miss them — they’re at the bottom of the curb ramps. When the city builds ramps...

It Is Time For Marijuana Legalization

Growing up when & wear I did, 70s/80s Oklahoma, I bought into the government’s War on Drugs: First Lady Nancy Reagan became the public face of “Just Say No” after she made a trip to a New York ad agency in October 1983. She watched a demonstration of an anti-drug...

Sunday Poll: Who Should Be On Future $20 Bills?

The group Women on 20s is seeking to get the US Treasury to replace Andrew Jackson with a female by 2020 — the 100th anniversary of their right to vote: The group’s original list of 100 names was winnowed down to 60 through informal discussion, then to 30 via a two-part survey and...

Benefit Corporations Make A Difference and a Profit

Business is all about making money, right? Except when money isn’t the only bottom line. This will confuse some of you: not all corporations seek to maximize profits for shareholders! It’s true, Directors must make sound judgment so shareholder value isn’t negatively impacted but there’s no legal obligation to maximize...

Second Downtown Dog Park: Serra’s ‘Twain’

Between the Arch grounds and the Gateway Mall downtown has an excess of public park land — land unlikely to ever see new buildings again. Still, some want to make more park lmd nearby — a dog park where the Cupples 7 warehouse once stood. See Temporary Dog Park On...

Why the Jefferson Lake idea on the Rally Saint Louis page needs to be removed

This evening, a friend brought to my attention a proposal someone made for North St. Louis on the Rally STL website, entitled Jefferson Lake, posted by user cooperpriess. It is a proposal to replace substantial parts of the St. Louis Place and Jeff Vander Lou neighborhoods with a giant urban lake. The pitch for the […]

St. Louis’ Earnings Tax

In order to pay for collective services governments must tax citizens to get the money. Of course, we don’t all directly use all the services. For example, I don’t have kids yet I’ve helped fund schools. I don’t directly use this service, but I value what it does for the...

IKEA Will Be Posting Jobs Soon

It has been a little over four months since IKEA officially announced they were opening a location in the St. Louis region — specifically in the City of St. Louis. The big blue & yellow box is now fully formed. The St. Louis IKEA is supposed to open this Fall....

Parking Garage Repairs Halted, Emergency Structural Condemnation Issued

In December I told you about a downtown parking garage closed since July 2014, see: Parking Garage Undergoing Time-Consuming Multi-Million Dollar Restoration; Businesses Closed, Jobs Lost. Since December the big crew of workers dwindled to a just a couple and then last week nobody — the work stopped and the gate...

Sunday Poll: St. Louis’ Earnings Taxes…

Our federal, state, and for some of us, St. Louis City, tax returns must be postmarked no later than Wednesday. For today’s poll I thought Id ask about the St. Louis earnings tax. If you live OR work in the city you must pay 1%. Live in another state and...

Good News Friday: Metro Mobile App

Last week our transit agency, Metro, released its first mobile app — called Metro On The Go: You asked for a Metro app — and now you have it! Metro On The Go, the official mobile application of Metro transit, is now available. You can download it for free from...

Cutting Corners Costs Time & Money: 1424 Washington Ave

Four months ago today I noticed work going on at 1424 Washington Ave., so I began documenting exterior changes, mistakes, fixes, etc. as I’d pass by. Check it out… A lot of concrete & money was wasted, if only they’d done it right the very first time!  A quality development...

Readers: MetroBus & MetroLink Are Equally Safe

I’ve been a regular rider of public transit in St. Louis for a few years now, I’ve never felt unsafe or witnessed any crime. Still, a recent assault on a train has many concerned. Talking to people over the years some would only ride MetroLink light rail, they’d never consider...

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