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Sunday Poll: Support or Oppose New St. Louis County Minimum Police Standards?

Twelve of the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County don’t like the county’s new minimum police standards, see Dozen municipalities file formal challenge to St. Louis County police standards ordinance. There are 57 police departments in St. Louis County. A good topic for today’s poll. St. Louis County has issued...

When City Hall Being For Sale Is A Good Thing

The right buyer can buy city hall — O’Fallon Illinois’ former city hall. From their request for proposals: The City of O’Fallon is soliciting proposals from qualified developers and/or organizations willing to invest funds to purchase and improve Old City Hall and bring it back to a productive use that...

Special Taxing Districts in St. Louis

Recent curiosity about special taxing districts has been a can of worms — the number of them just within the City of St. Louis is overwhelming. Plus, they’re not all alike. Some are Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) based on Missouri law, others are special business districts established by the St....

Readers Strongly Disapprove of Stadium Financing Plan

I watched quite a bit of the live stream of the Board of Aldermen special session yesterday as they debated a floor substitute version of Bill 219. Yes, the bill changed after the Sunday Poll was conducted and the BoA began yesterday morning. More than 75% of those who voted...

St. Louis Shouldn’t Build Light Rail, Modern Streetcar, or Bus Rapid Transit; Rapid Streetcar May Be The Answer

There are several camps in the transit world: Light rail advocates Bus rapid transit advocates Streetcar advocates These don’t mix — build their classic model or nothing. However, in the last decade a new group has emerged advocating a hybrid of these: The Rapid Streetcar. For example, Portland is looking...

Three Track Types For Street-Running Transit

Many of us agree we should invest in better North-South transit, most likely rail-based. But details such as route, track type, speed, spacing of stops, etc is where there’s disagreement. Today I want to review three track options for street-running rail transit: Ballasted track Embedded track, shared lane Embedded track, protected lane...

Sunday Poll: Approve or disapprove of financing plan for a new stadium up for final vote by the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday?

Last week a Board of Aldermen committee moved forward a plan for the financing of $150 million of a $1 billion dollar new stadium. Though our Edward Jones Dome is only 20 years old, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to move the team back to Los Angeles. On...

Reading: Downtown St. Louis by NiNi Harris with Forward by Charlie Brennan

St. Louis Author, historian, & tour guide NiNi Harris is out with another book — this time on Downtown St. Louis. Here’s the official publisher description of Downtown St. Louis: In this rich photographic history, author NiNi Harris follows the evolution of downtown St. Louis from colonial days when French...

Reimagining 100 North Broadway to Take Advantage of New Luther Ely Smith Square & Arch Entrance

For over 5 years now I’ve been thinking about how to redesign the Bank of America Tower at 100 N. Broadway. My primary beef wasn’t with the 22-story tower, but with the 1-story section to the South of the tower. First, a little background: Bank of America Tower is a 22-story,...

Readers Split on Forest Park Entry Markers

In the recent unscientific Sunday Poll the readers were almost evenly split on new entry markers for Forest Park. Here are the results: Q: How do you feel about the proposed entry markers for Forest Park? TIE 10 [27.03%] Approve Disapprove TIE 6 [16.22%] Neither approve or disapprove Strongly disapprove Strongly approve...

Why I Think A Second NFL Stadium Is Bad For St. Louis

With a pending vote by the Board of Alderman on whether to fund the construction of a second NFL stadium in the city, I wanted to cobble together my thoughts here at the last minute as to why I think this is a bum deal for residents of St. Show More Summary

A Detailed Look at the Old & New Luther Ely Smith Square

Following the Arch’s 50th Anniversary on October 28th I posted that the Luther Ely Smith Square Flagpole Will Replace Flag on Top of Old Courthouse Dome. At the time the newly redesigned Luther Ely Smith Square wasn’t open yet. Late last month it opened. Before taking a look at the new...

Another Downtown/CBD Traffic Study In The Works, Looking Back At The 2005 Study

I recently learned that a traffic study will be done for downtown’s Central Business District (CBT), a good thing.  But then I thought about the last CBD traffic study. A search of this blog turned up posts from a decade ago: 12/6/2005: Initial Thoughts on CBD Traffic Study 12/7/2005: CBD...

Sunday Poll: Feelings on Proposed Entry Markers for Forest Park?

In August it was announced new entry markers would be coming to Forest Park entrances: The City of St. Louis and the private nonprofit conservancy Forest Park Forever have announced plans to construct the first of eight new arrival markers at key Forest Park entrances. Called for in the 1995...

Creative Firms Continue Buying Downtown Office Condo Space

Industrial design firm fredsparks is moving downtown from S. Kingshighway, the news of their purchase of an office condo came in April: On April 15th, 2015, design firm fredsparks acquired the last remaining commerical unit comprised of 3,823 SQ FT for $26/SQ FT.  The unit is currently in gray-box condition as one...

Reduced Fare Smart Card For Chicago, Still Waiting On St. Louis

Metro St. Louis is busy working on smart cards for paying transit fares, some have been testing the new technology. Meanwhile, we’ve been using the Ventra smart card for nearly 2 years when visiting Chicago. See Contactless Transit Smart Cards from February 2014. Last month I finally decided to apply for a reduced...

The Future of Grant’s Farm is Uncertain

The future of Grant’s Farm is coming between siblings — children of the late August Anheuser “Gussie” Busch, Jr. (1899-1989). I find it unsettling to see wealthy siblings, in their 50s & 60s, disagreeing m public. Before I go any further, I have a confession: I’ve never been inside the...

More Than One Way To Number Properties

Different cities handle property addresses differently. In St. Louis the Leather Trades Lofts at 16th & Locust has the address 1600 Locust St. In others, like my hometown of Oklahoma City, it would be 1700 Locust. Again, not every city numbers properties properties as St. Louis does — though I...

The St. Louis Region Should’ve Planned For Commuter Rail A Century Ago

In thinking about transit in other regions compared to ours, it is clear to me that natural geography and historic development patterns play a role in transportation planning in the 21st century. Decisions made a century ago, good & bad, still affect us today. One hundred years ago St. Louis...

Sunday Poll: What Would You Like To See Happen To Grant’s Farm?

It’s been in the news the last week or so, six Busch siblings can’t agree on what to do with Grant’s Farm. Six Busch siblings can't agree on Grant's Farm, what would you like to see happen? The choices are in random order, or you can provide your own brief...

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