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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 9/9/2016

Last Friday, September 9th, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen returned from their summer break. Nine new board bills were introduced per the agenda, the BB’s primary sponsor is shown in parenthesis after the bill number. Board Bill No. 101 (Krewson) | Quit Claim Deed 6001-7 Persing Avenue An ordinance...

A Funding Initiative for Stabilizing Vacant LRA Buildings!

A coalition of neighborhood leaders across the City of St. Louis is proposing new funding to stabilize and secure vacant buildings owned by the City's Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), making them ready for rehabilitation. Neighbors for a Stable St. Show More Summary

We Drove Through Miles of Sprawl to Reach the Country

The weather was so beautiful Saturday September 3rd we decided to go out to lunch — in Washington, Missouri. Since my husband hadn’t tried Sugarfire Smoke House, we decided to go to the riverfront location. Granted, we could’ve gone to the one downtown just 11 blocks away from our loft,...

Sunday Poll: Ability of terrorists to launch major attack in the U.S. is less, greater, or same as on 9/11?

All of us who were adults 15 years ago remember what we were doing as the events unfolded. I was driving to a client’s home in West St. Louis County when I head the start on my car radio. Upon arrival, the three of us watched the 2nd plane on...

Special Election In The 78th House District One Week From Today

A week ago results in one race in the August 2nd primary were tossed out: Judge Rex Burlison set the new Democratic primary in the 78th House District for Sept. 16, the earliest date allowed by state law. The 78th covers a swath of eastern St. Louis, from just north of downtown...

Design Issues With Well-Intentioned Monarch Butterfly Garden

In the news lately has been Alice Hezel’s front yard in Maplewood: Woman defends native plants in her yard; city says clean it up She and the City of Maplewood are in opposite corners on the issue of her garden. I see both sides. Yes, the Monarch butterfly is critical...

Happy Labor Day 2016

Many of you are off work today, because it’s Labor Day: Labor Day: What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the...

Sunday Poll: Monarch Butterfly Gardens In Residential Neighborhoods Are…

Recently a butterfly garden in the inner-ring suburb of Maplewood has been in the news: Alice Helzer has lived in her historic Maplewood home for more than 35 years and for several years has decided to let the plants in her garden grow. She enjoys growing milkweed because it is a natural habitat...

A Look At The New Addition To The Eugene Field House & Toy Museum

It was nearly two years ago when I saw the elevation drawing (below) for the proposed expansion of the 19th century Eugene Field House on South Broadway. Eugene Field House Wins Approval for Museum Expansion Initially my reaction was negative, I imagined cheap materials and poor detailing. However, I decided...

An Urban ‘Agrihood’ Is Worth Considering In St. Louis

The recent Sunday Poll was actually two polls, both n0n-scientific. First, the questions and votes: #1: Which of the following, if any, should residents be allowed to raise in the city? Animals would be subject to minimum space requirements. (Check all that apply) Chickens 29 [24.17%] Rabbits 26 [21.67%] Goats 15...

Generic Form Letters Mailed To Owners Of Poorly Maintained Surface Parking Lot Notifying Them Of Code Violations

In May I posted about the parking lot to the East of my condo building, see Deplorable Surface Parking Lot At 1601 Locust Cited, Fined. The next month I submitted a request to the city for copies of the notice(s) sent to the owner. I’ve finally received  them. Here’s the timeline:...

August 2nd Primary Precinct Turnout Ranged From 7.46% to 675%: St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners

While the battle over absentee ballots on the 78th House race continuers (see Absentee ballot applications and their envelopes are public record, St. Louis judge rules), I decided to focus on voter turnout at the precinct-level. Two days after the August 2nd primary I posted about the outcome: A Look at Some...

Sunday Poll: Two Questions on Urban Food Production

A number of things online recently got me thinking about urban food production: City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. (USDA) One of the things that got...

Readers Don’t Like Rock Concerts In Outdoor Stadiums

The Sunday Poll here each week is non-scientific, but occasionally I think we can learn from it. The recent poll had no right or wrong answer, it is entirely personal.  This is rare — I don’t have an opinion on the subject matter. Why? I’ve never attended a major pop/rock...

An Example Of How The St louis Region Fails Pedestrians, Transit Users

Part of the implied contract when taking a bus to a destination is when you’re dropped off at your stop, you’ll be able to get to the corresponding stop in the opposite direction for the return trip. Seems simple enough, right? But in many parts of the St. Louis region...

Reusing Reusable Shopping Bags; Need For A Bag Giveaway Event

I’ve been using reusable shopping bags for years now, it’s just habit. I’m also a fan of laws that ban single-use plastic bags or impose a fee for their use. About 160 cities in 17 states have such laws, source. Discount grocery store chain Aldi has charged for bags for...

4171 West Belle Place Is Too Important To Lose!

If your reaction was like mine the first time you saw 4171 West Belle Place, you stopped cold in the middle of the street, stared in awe and thought "How did this incredible house end up in the middle of this block?" The answer is quite simple: It was there before anything else was around. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Favorite Type of Venue For a Major Pop/Rock Concert?

Fifty years ago today the Beatles played at the then-new Busch Stadium II (1966-2006): The Beatles made their only appearance in St. Louis on Aug. 21, 1966. They performed 11 songs, including some of their biggest hits: “Yesterday,” “I Feel Fine” and “She’s a Woman.” One song they didn’t play...

Former Firehouses - Reused, Renovated, Awaiting New Life

I received the following list from a friend in the St. Louis Fire Department that includes 11 retired firehouses that are still standing as of publishing: No. 1 - 2411 McNair Avenue, 63104, Benton Park neighborhood (Built 1872) No. 3 - 3648 S. Show More Summary

Readers: Aquarium A Good Fit For Union Station

I’ve never been to an aquarium before, but I know they’re popular attractions.  We recently spent the day at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, next to their Shedd Aquarium.  Shedd’s ticket prices range from $8/adult ($6/child) to $54.95/adult ($45.95/child). I assume most but the $37.95/28.95 “total experience” ticket, it allows...

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