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Endorsements In Four Contested Primary Races

Today I have endorsements in four contested races in the Democratic primary a week from today — March 3rd: 7th Ward: Chelsea Merta  [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 8th Ward: Kevin B. McKinney [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 20th Ward: Cara Spencer [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 24th Ward: Scott...

Someone Tell Google Maps: 8th & Pine Is The Arch Station

The other day I noticed a sign on MetroLink promoting 8th & Pine as the station for visiting the Arch. Since our original light rail line opened in 1993 the Laclede’s Landing station has been the most direct but given the planned new West-facing museum entrance it’s logical to begin...

Sunday Poll: Should the City of St. Louis use eminent domain powers to assemble a site if the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency selects the city option?

Today’s Sunday Poll is about a tough call between residents and jobs: Last week, the Board of Alderman approved the use of eminent domain to move people out of a 100-acre site that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is considering for relocation. Now, officials are saying that property owners will have...

The Proposed QuikTrip Doesn’t Work In An Urban City

Chouteau Ave, an East-West roadway, was once like most St. Louis streets — lined with urban buildings on both sides. The prevailing pattern on both Chouteau & Jefferson is urban — buildings built up to the property line. Sure, more holes exist now than 100 or even 50 years ago...

Fortieth Anniversary of Laclede’s Landing Redevelopment

Four decades ago today — February 19, 1975 — the Board of Aldermen took at step to save what little remained of the oldest part of the city: A group of downtown bankers and businessmen, led by William Maritz announced the formation of a corporation to oversee development of the...

I’d Love An Eataly St. Louis

During my nearly week-long visit to Chicago I shopped at three very different grocery stores: local chain Treasure Island, national chain Whole Foods, and Italian-based global chain: Eataly. The only other Eataly in North America is in NYC. Most are in Italy, other cities with a location include Tokyo,...

Still In Chicago To Avoid Snow In St. Louis

My husband and I had planned to return to St. Louis from Valentine’s weekend in Chicago via Amtrak late Sunday night — well technically just after midnight Monday morning. Sunday we realized the weather would make it difficult for me — arriving so late there wouldn’t be MetroBus service and...

Happy Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day?

So which is it: Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday? What about Abraham Lincoln? The best answer I found online is from Snopes.com (recommended): Claim:   The federal holiday observed in the United States on the third Monday of February is officially designated as “Presidents’ Day.” FALSE Their post is long and detailed,...

Sunday Poll: QuikTrip wants to build a typical QT at Jefferson & Chouteau, St. Louis should…

The latest controversy in St. Louis is over a proposed QuikTrip on the SW corner of Jefferson & Chouteau, you can view the site plan on Scribd. For the poll today I’d like to see what readers think. Answers provided range for let them build it to deny it, with...

Live From The 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Today I’ll be posting to Twitter & Facebook from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the general public tomorrow morning and runs through Sunday February 22nd.  Yesterday and today are media preview days. The St. Louis Auto Show is organized by local auto dealerships, whereas the Chicago Auto...

Arch Construction Started 52 Years Ago Today

After more than two decades as a vacant site, work on a Jefferson Westward Memorial was finally started 52 years ago today. At the beginning of the 20th century our leaders wanted to raze the historic riverfront and pay tribute to the Louisiana Purchase.  In October comes the 50th anniversary...

One Year After Opening Readers Positive Toward New Mississippi River Bridge

In the most recent Sunday Poll the ‘Very Good’ & ‘Excellent’ outweighed the ‘Fair’ & ‘Poor’ ratings, 17 vs 8, respectively. The two negative choices barely beat out the neutral middle ‘Good’, 8 vs 6, respectively. Q: Rate the new Mississippi River Bridge (aka The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge)...

So Some ‘SCHMUK’ Parked In A Loading Only Zone

Since I started this blog more than a decade ago pedestrian access & walkability have been a regular theme — especially since I became disabled 7 years ago. Friday I encountered a car parked blocking a ramp. Being a car guy I tend to mention the make of car —...

The Political History Behind Our Current NFL Stadium

As we debate a new NFL stadium it’s important to understand the history going back nearly three decades. For that I asked Heywood Sanders, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, if I could publish an excerpt from his book Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and...

Sunday Poll: Rate The New Mississippi River Bridge

Years in the making, one year ago today Illinois & Missouri cut the ribbon on a new bridge over the Mississippi River at downtown St. Louis, officially named the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.  The name, like everything about the project, is a compromise between interests in each state. For...

Free Tax Filing Options Through IRS.gov

It’s that time of year: Mardi Gras? Sure, but it’s also time to start filing our annual income tax return. Sure, the deadline isn’t until April 15th — but why wait? You likely have most of the documents you need to file by now. Maybe you wait until you can...

The 1876 City Limits Were So Far Out In The Countryside

From its founding in 1764 the city limits of St. Louis kept expanding as the city grew in population. Each time they annexed land in the rural fields surrounding the city. The 1860 census recorded 160,773 residents — more than 100% growth from 1850s census figure of 77,860. The 1870 census...

Readers: Children Should Be Required To Be Vaccinated

As a child of the  60s (barely) and 70s I received all the normal vaccines available at that time, so the news that some parents today don’t get their kids vaccinated came as a shock. The measles has returned to the US as a result: Scientifically, there is no debate. The...

Thankfully Biondi Wasn’t Allowed To Immediately Raze The Pevely Building

A few years ago Saint Louis University was determined to raze the Pevely Dairy building at Chouteau & Grand (see Pevely Dairy Fate to be Decided Today, or Not?). The city said they could raze the building — once they apply for a building permit for the medical building they...

We’re Not Going To Be An NFL City, That’s OK

Over the last few weeks, listening to others and reading,  I’ve come to realize a few things about the NFL and the St. Louis Rams: The NFL does appeal to many, providing instant cache for a city/region. Even though the number of games are limited, the financial benefits to the...

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