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Festival Celebrates 10th Season At Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

On Saturday May 13, 2006 a new farmers’ market opened for business. I was there that morning and posted the following: The speeches haven’t even begun opening the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market but if the first few hours are any indication, it will be hugely successful. Occupying a small paved area west of...

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Dedicated 10 Years Ago Today

Today is the 10th anniversary of one of my favorite parks in the region: On June 7th, 2005, Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis transferred title of the Gateway Geyser and the 34.1 acres of grounds, known as the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, to Metro East Park and Recreation...

Readers Opposed To Open/Concealed Carry In Public — Including At The STL Zoo

Not only are readers not having guns at the St. Louis Zoo, they really don’t like guns, concealed or openly carried, in public. Period. Because the Zoo obtained a temporary restraining order, Jeffrey Smith, of Ohio, held his protest outside the Zoo. He says that since the zoo is taxpayer...

As St. Louis Builds A Small Park Over A Highway…A Look At Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park

As work continues on the “lid” over the highway, now called I-44,  that divides downtown St. Louis from the Arch grounds I thought we should take a look at another recent park-over-highway project — Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park: Klyde Warren Park creates an urban green space constructed over a section...

Two Sites Seeking Zoning Changes In Frontenac, Pushback From Residents

Currently there are a couple of interesting zoning issues in the affluent St. Louis suburb of Frontenac. First, some background: Frontenac is a wealthy inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Yesterday a Ohio man wanted to enter the St. Louis Zoo openly carrying his gun, thoughts?

Last week a Cincinnati Ohio man announced he planned  to visit the St. Louis Zoo openly carrying a gun: An Ohio man is planning to walk into the St. Louis Zoo with a gun Saturday. Even though there are signs posted around the zoo stating that weapons are not allowed, Jeff...

June 12th: Loving Day

At the end of this month the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on two questions of marriage equality with respect to LGBT people. Forty-eight years ago they ruled on the divisive marriage question of the day: marriage between whites & non-whites, mostly blacks: Few cases were more aptly named than Loving...

Rethinking Chariton Square

In May of last year I posted about a drive-in theater that replaced a quarry, itself soon replaced by I-55 (see May 26, 1954: South Broadway Drive-In Theater Opened). In that post I indicated I would do a followup on ideas for the tired auto-centric Chariton Square strip shopping center:...

Cortex Begins Demolition of the Brauer Supply Building

This week demolition began on the Brauer Supply building at the southeast corner of Forest Park and Boyle in the Cortex district. A gaping hole is visible at the back of the Brauer building to the left and beyond the rehabilitated @4240 building which opened last summer and has already and recently achieved 90% occupancy. Show More Summary

Forest Park

Forest Park is one of St. Louis' 108 parks. It is the largest park and is clearly the crowned jewel of the park system. Per the city website : Forest Park was dedicated on June 24, 1876, coinciding with the centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence. Show More Summary

Readers Split On Bill To Gradually Increase The Minimum Wage In St. Louis

Readers split on the question of raising the minimum wage in St. Louis.  Here are the results of the Sunday Poll: Q: A bill introduced Friday would raise the minimum wage in St. Louis to $10/hr, with annual increases of $1.25/hr until reaching $15/hr in 2020. I… Strongly support 12 [25.53%]...

Second Downtown Dog Park: Land Between Federal Courthouse & Stadium West Parking Garage

Today’s post continues a series on a 2nd dog park for downtown: March: Temporary Dog Park On Former Cupples 7 Site Would Be Too Costly April: Second Downtown Dog Park: Serra’s ‘Twain’ May: Second Downtown Dog Park: Wedge Between Busch Stadium & MetroLink Line Today’s site is close to residents...

Day Trip To Atlanta For First Anniversary

Today is my wedding anniversary — my first ever.  When I finally acknowledged to myself, at age 16, that I was gay, the idea of marrying a man 30+ years later never entered my mind.  Thankfully the political & social landscape has changed a lot since then! To celebrate we...

St. Louis Street Name Pronunciation

I love St. Louisans who grew up in the city, live in the city and root down in the city. Being an Illinoisan and now St. Louisan for 20 years, I get constant joy from hearing how people talk and pronounce St. Louis names and streets and buildings. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis Gradually Raise The Minimum Wage To $15/hr By 2020?

  Board bill 83 (not online yet) was introduced at the Board of Aldermen on Friday morning. If eventually signed into law, it would set up incremental raises to the minimum wage in the City of St. Louis. This seemed like a good topic for a reader poll. Here’s the...

The Start of Summer

Summer officially begins on June 21st at 11:38am CST, but for me it began when I saw the green cherry tomatoes on one of our three tomato plants. We also have chives and an extra planter of cilantro — a herb we buy often. What are you growing this year? What...

Dallas Opened Starter Modern Streetcar Line In April

Last month I told you about my Megabus trip to Dallas & back, see Thirty Hours on Megabus: St. Louis to Memphis to Little Rock to Dallas & Back. Today I want to tell you about one of the things I did in the week I was there: I rode their...

Readers: Missouri Should Follow Nebraska In Repealing The Death Penalty

When I posted the Sunday Poll I wasn’t sure what the final tally would be, I was pleasantly surprised by the results: Q: Should Missouri follow Nebraska and abolish the death penalty? Yes 24 [70.59%] No 8 [23.53%] TIE 1 [2.94%] Maybe Unsure/No Opinion It seems unlikely we’ll follow Nebraska given...

City Cars For Elected Officials — Part 1

A recent item in the Post-Dispatch las caused a lot of online debate: Carpenter’s budgetary concern comes as she seeks a new city vehicle or a $700 monthly vehicle allowance. In her previous term as collector, she had a city car. She turned it in after leaving office. In March,...

The Public Sidewalk Is Not Your Private Driveway

Over the years St. Louis has vacated both streets & alleys, this means land previously part of the public right-of-way (PROW) is now private. Usually the phrase “vacate public surface rights for vehicle, equestrian and pedestrian travel” is used in the ordinance (from a block west), typically splitting the surface...

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