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Undue Praise for Piecemeal "Preservation"

Esley Hamilton, who served as St. Louis County's Preservation Historian for 38 years, recently informed me that the November issue of St. Louis Magazine recognized Kristen Sorth, Director of St. Louis County Library in their annual "Power List" for overseeing the ongoing renovation and replacement of several aging branch libraries. Show More Summary

Reading: What Makes A Great City by Alexander Garvin

When I saw the author’s name it looked familiar to me, but I searched the last 12 years of blog posts — no mention. Ah, the answer is in his bio: Alex Garvin is currently an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Architecture and President and CEO of AGA...

Sunday Poll: Should Malls & Retail Stores Be Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving with my husband’s family in Springfield IL is held the Wednesday night before, largely because his uncle, the family patriarch, has to work Thanksgiving Day. This year some stores will be closed this Thursday, from last month: CBL & Associates Properties announced Wednesday that it would close 73 of...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 11/18/2016 (195-197)

Three (3) Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, see the agenda here. Two of the three have been in the news the last few days: B.B.#195 – Krewson – An ordinance for the public health and welfare, prohibiting possession of assault weapons as defined herein; and...

Opinion: Democrats Need To Ditch The Corporate/Centrist Wing, Not The Electoral College

Once it became clear Sen. Bernie Sanders would not be able to overcome the inevitability of Hilary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, I knew I’d be unhappy with the election results. Like most, I fell for the punditry that said Clinton would win both the electoral college & popular vote....

Election Recap

Here’s a recap of races & measures covered before the recent general election. As before. in reverse order: Challenger Rasheen Aldridge defeated inch,bent Rodney Hubbard for 5th ward special election for Dem Committeeman RODNEY HUBBARD 1,266 38.68% RASHEEN ALDRIDGE 1,974 60.31% Write-in Votes 33 1.01% Prop S for Senior services (info)...

Sunday Poll: Should The Electoral College Be Retained Or Ditched?

In Tuesday’s election Donald J. Trump exceeded the magical number of 270 electoral college votes, a simple majority of the 538 total. Why 538? Each state has as many electors as it has senators and members of the House of Representatives, for a total of 538. (The District of Columbia...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 11/10/2016 (185-194)

City hall will be closed tomorrow for Veteran’s Day, so the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet today, review the agenda here.. The following ten Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting: B.B.#185 – Krewson – An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and...

Readers: Reduce The number of Vehicle Lanes on Eads Bridge

The recent non-scientific Sunday Poll was about the Eads Bridge,specifically the configuration of the top level. Tere are the visuals from the poll: Again, those voting were self-selected so the results aren’t scientific or representative of the regional mindset — just of 46 individuals. Still, these 46 do represent a...

Know Your Ballot: Presidential Candidates

Election day is tomorrow…finally.  Here is a list of prior posts starting at the bottom of the St. Louis ballot: Propositions & Amendments Judges Citywide, State Rep, US Rep Races Statewide Races, U.S. Senate By now most, if not all, of you know how you’ll vote tomorrow. This post isn’t...

Sunday Poll: Would You Reconfigure The Top Deck Of The Eads Bridge, How?

Last month I attended the celebration marking the completion of work on the Eads Bridge to give it another 75 years of life. After posting a photo to Twitter & Facebook, a discussion began on Twitter about the configuration of the top deck — it’s currently four vehicle lanes with a...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 11/4/2016 (174-184)

The following eleven (11) Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, review today’s agenda here. Note: this post was updated at 8:20am with links to each Board Bill. B.B.#174 – Roddy – An ordinance determining that the Tax Increment Financing Plans listed in Exhibit “A” are...

Readers Prefer A Downtown Soccer Stadium Near Union Station

In the non-scientific Sunday Poll less than 10% of readers didn’t favor a dedicated soccer stadium, almost as many were undecided.  Just over half picked near Union Station first with Grand & Chouteau 2nd. Q: Which of the following represents your priorities with respect to a dedicated soccer stadium: 1) no...

12th Anniversary of UrbanReviewSTL.com, No More Comments Section

Twelve years ago today I registered the domain UrbanReviewSTL.com and began writing. I stopped only when I was sedated for a few weeks following my February 2008 stroke. I originally started the blog as a distraction to my father’s recovery from a heart attack a month earlier. It worked —...

Sunday Poll: Which Location Would You Pick For A Soccer Stadium?

The NFL has left, but major league soccer (MLS) is interested in St. Louis. There are at least two potential MLS ownership groups in St. Louis. They include Foundry St. Louis, which has already identified property at the northwest corner of Chouteau Avenue and Grand Boulevard for stadium development, and MLS2STL, whose representatives...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 10/28/2016 (171-173)

The following Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, review the agenda here. Board Bill No. 171 | Ordinance pertaining to water rates BOARD BILL NO. 171 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN ANTONIO FRENCH An ordinance pertaining to water rates; finding, determining and declaring that an increase in...

Readers: IKEA St. Louis A Net Positive

We shouldn’t assume that IKEA is automatically a positive or negative without first having all the facts in hand to make such a claim, otherwise we’re just going with our gut, which can be biased. In the recent n0n-scientific Sunday Poll more than 83% felt IKEA was a net positive,...

Defining Home And Where You're From

A topic I find fascinating is the definition of "home" and where you are "from". Thoughts on these words were spurred by an article I read recently in the Riverfront Times. I take a lot of stock in these terms as they seem to predict...Show More Summary

Know Your Ballot: Statewide Races, U.S. Senate

The election is just two weeks from tomorrow. Before getting into statewide races, a recap of the posts starting at the bottom of the ballot: Propositions & Amendments Judges Citywide, State Rep, US Rep Races Some of the statewide races have gotten nasty as we get closer to November 8th....

A Discussion On Tax Incentives

I recently did a blog on all the development activity on De Tonty Street in the Shaw Neighborhood. In that post I made the following comment: "It's really good to see this level of investment, taking vacant lots and bringing dignified...Show More Summary

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