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Sunday Poll: Which GOP Candidate for Missouri Governor Do You Think Will Win Their August Primary?

A big primary is coming up on Tuesday August 2nd. Among the many offices up for grabs is that of Missouri governor. There are four candidates on both the Democratic & Republican ballots, but it’s almost certain AG Koster will win the 4-way Democratic primary. Who he will face in...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Two Month Break After Tomorrow

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen usually meet at 10am on Fridays, but last week they met on Thursday June 30 — off the Friday before the July 4th holiday. Though no new bills were introduced, the meeting was nearly three hours long. See the agenda here. They will meet...

Transgender Persons Should Be Free To Use The Public Restroom That Matches Their Gender Identity

Some of the comments in the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll illustrate the lack of understanding and compassion for those people with gender identity dysphoria. Just like my farther knew in the 1930s that he was left-handed, and I knew in the 1970s I was gay, those with gender identity dysphoria...

Historical Background on St. Louis’ Main Post Office

Last month I posted about how the employee line for the main Post Office parking garage was two blocks long — costing workers time & money — and polluting. My point was to find a way to reduce/eliminate this shift-change queue. However, a few comments were classic strawman fallacy — saying I wanted...

Huntleigh Maritz & Young Marketed as Potential Tear-Down!

A Vanishing STL reader informed me that this beautiful 5,000 s.f. home designed by the esteemed firm of Maritz & Young is currently for sale as a potential tear-down. The home at #2 Dunlora Lane, which was constructed in 1935 in Huntleigh, features 4 bedrooms including a 1st floor master suite, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should Transgender Persons Be Free To Use The Public Restroom That Matches Their Gender Identity?

A little local history about gender-related issues before I get into today’s poll: July 6, 1916 The commissioner of parks and recreation proclaimed that the new plan for the city’s swimming pools was a success: ladies were to swim in the morning hours and men in the afternoon and evenings....

A Small Local Boulevard Through Forest Park Grew To Become A Major Interstate

Last week I posted about Forest Park’s 140th anniversary.  Earlier this month my husband and I visited the Science Center, looking out from the walkway over Interstate 64 I was reminded that land was originally part of the park. In 1958 Kingshighway hadn’t been straightened, but a small road cut through...

Village of North St. Louis Founded 200 Years Ago Today

Twenty-Five years ago I’d just moved to the Murphy-Blair neighborhood, now known as Old North St. Louis. The tiny 3-room flat was significantly cheaper than the tiny efficiency I had on Lindell in the Central West End. Prior to my arrival, neighbors had already been trying to get the neighborhood’s...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/24/2016

One new Board Bill was introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday 6/24/2016: Board Bill No. 99 | Ordinance relating to Office of Recorder of Deeds BOARD BILL NO. 99 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN LARRY ARNOWITZ An ordinance relating to the employees and salaries of the Office of...

A Look At Kansas City’s New Modern Streetcar

Last week leaders in the St. Louis region argued publicly over future pubic transit: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has made clear his support for a north-south MetroLink expansion, saying it’s a top priority in his final year in office. But a recent push for money to plan such a...

Sunday Poll: Will North St. Louis Be Better Or Worse 25 Years From Now?

A quarter century ago I moved North of Delmar — from the Central West End. As I reflect back on the last 25 years, I think about what the next 25 might look like. The National Geospatial Agency (NGA) will have been in it’s new headquarters for years. Will it help...

Forest Park Dedicated June 24, 1876, 140 Years Ago Today (6 Historic Photos)

Forest Park opened 140 years ago today — nearly three decades before the 1904 World’s Fair: Forest Park, officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,293 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/17/16

The following new Board Bills were introduced Friday June 17, 2016: Board Bill No. 86 | Redevelopment plan for 721 Victor BOARD BILL NO. 86 INTRODUCED BY ALD. JOHN COATAR An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 721 Victor St./2403-15 S. 7th St. (“Area”) after finding that the Area...

Opioids/Heroin Substantially More Dangerous Than Marijuana

The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin. Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe...

Absentee Voting Begins Today for August 2nd Primary

Absentee voting for the Missouri’s August 2nd primary begins today. Since the St. Louis region has too many units of government to list all races/candidates, I’m focusing on the ballot voters in the City of St. Louis will face. My list here differs slightly from the sample ballot: I’ve omitted...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 6/10/16

The following board bills were introduced at the 6/10/16 session of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bill No. 82 | Ordinance to vacate 4900 block of Terry BOARD BILL NO. 82 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS An ordinance to vacate all commercial driveway apron and/or curb cuts that...

Sunday Poll: Opioids/Herion vs Marijuana — Are They Equally Dangerous Drugs?

In late April singer Prince died at age 57, the corner found he died due to an opioid overdose: Toxicology tests for Prince concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report on his death by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Fentanyl, prescribed...

17th Street Connects Locust, Olive, Pine, Chestnut, and Market to Washington Ave

For years now I’ve tried to end the week on a positive note, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to be optimistic about St. Louis’ future. Today is the final vote on BB64 to give public land to a developer, cutting off others from Washington Ave. The following image...

St. Louis Population Loss During Modern Mayoral Terms

With Francis Slay recently announcing he will not run for re-election as Mayor of St. Louis, his four consecutive terms go down as the longest run in our city's history. Back in 2010 I gave the office of Mayor some thought and looking back at that post, for the most part, I still feel the same including the need for a new set of ideas and styles. Show More Summary

Architects Labeled 17th Street An Alley

When Ald Davis & Ald Hubbard visiting our condo association on June 8th they left behind developer’s plans intended to convince to stop fighting the city giving away an important piece of the street grid: 17th Street. See: Proposed 17th Street Closure Would Reduce Safety & Security For Existing Residents Around...

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