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Sunday Poll: Likelihood of a Cyber Attack on the U.S. Power Grid?

Former ABC News anchor has a new book out warning readers about the threat of a cyber attack on our power grid: We are accustomed to cyber-attacks that result in grand larceny. We are accustomed to cyber-attacks that amount to huge vacuuming of intelligence information.  What we have never had...

Long-Vacant Jefferson Arms May Finally Be Occupied Again

News broke Wednesday of a developer having the Jefferson Arms, originally known as The Hotel Jefferson, under contract: Mike Sarimsakci, founder and president of real estate developer Alterra International, has the building under contract for an undisclosed price. His plans for the Jefferson Arms were unclear but could be similar...

Autonomous Cars, Urban Planning, Public Transit

Two weeks ago today I attended a Economic Club of Chicago luncheon — the guest speaker was Lex Kerssemakers, President & CEO of Volvo Car USA. His words got me thinking about driverless cars and the implications for cities in the future. In December Elon Musk said in two years...

Readers: No Raise For License Collector

Since the 1876 “Great Divorce” the City of St. Louis has been both a city and a county — AKA an independent city. St. Louis has many “county” elected offices. St. Louis County, on the other hand, has just three: County Executive, Prosecuting Attorney, County Assessor. The person(s) you see...

Zoning Should Not Be Used To Force Washington Ave To Become A Retail Street

There are some who envision one mile of our Washington Ave (from 4th to 18th) as being a retail street like the Delmar Loop or Chicago’s Magnificent Mile along Michigan Ave. One person even wants to use a proposed form-based code overlay to mandate a retail use on the ground...

Kiener Parking Garages Need A Major Facelift

Work has started on the “$19 million revamp of Kiener Plaza”, which will help guide visitors to the upcoming city-facing entrance to the museum under the Arch. With the 1980s Arch parking garage razed visitors will be directed to existing parking garages in the central business district (CBD) — largely the...

Sunday Poll: Should The License Collector Get A Raise?

Missouri House Bill 2469, to increase the annual salary of the License Collector, was in the news earlier this month: State Rep. Penny Hubbard has filed legislation that would nearly double St. Louis License Collector Mavis Thompson’s salary, taking it from $64,130 to $120,000. (Post-Dispatch) Hubbard introduced the bill on...

A Look at AARP Public Policy Institute’s Livability Index

At the beginning of the month I attended Livability Matters: Transportation Choice and Connections — sponsored by Citizens for Modern Transit and others.  The day before I was able to interview the event’s primary speaker: Jana Lynott, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor from American Association of Retired Person (AARP)’s Public Policy Institute...

A Look At A TargetExpress In Chicago’s Streeterville Neighborhood

The following post was originally published on UrbanReview | CHICAGO: — As chain big box stores go, I’ve long-favored Target. But few Target stores stray from the typical suburban big box. Many years ago I visited the 2-story Target in NW Seattle, a decade ago a new Target replaced an...

Walnut Park Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Walnut Park is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 5760 West Florissant Avenue at Gilmore Avenue in the Walnut Park East neighborhood. It is directly across from Calvary Cemetery. It takes its name from the community it serves. Show More Summary

Readers Rejected Apology From Lewis Reed Before Email Campaign Dramatically Altered Poll Results

It was nearly seven years ago I began posting a new poll question every Sunday. These polls are non-scientific, but some of us find them interesting. The polls were open for an entire week.  Most votes came on Sundays, except when an email campaign would dramatically alter the more natural...

A Decade Since Locust Street Returned To Two-Way Traffic

A decade ago I was still living in South St. Louis, but I posted about a street I would move to within 2 years: What a difference! Today I drove the full length of Locust Street from 14th west to Teresa (just shy of Grand). For the first time since...

‘Indulge In Urban Living’ At Streets of St. Charles

I had 20 years to eat at Noah’s Ark restaurant in St. Charles before it closed in 2000, but I never did.  With a lot of land and a highly visible location developers were interested. New Urbanist developer Greg Whittaker, of New Town at St. Charles, bought the site. He...

Carpenter Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Carpenter is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 3309 South Grand Boulevard at McDonald Avenue in the Tower Grove South Neighborhood. The library was named for George Oliver Carpenter, a successful president of a lead and oil company during St. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Do You Accept Lewis Reed’s Apology?

Last week a radio interview from January 11th began spreading like crazy on social media and the news: For anyone who’s ever listened to Bob Romanik’s On the Dark Side radio talk show on 1190 AM, it should come as no surprise that a recent episode is drawing controversy. After all, the...

Carondelet Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Carondelet is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 6800 Michigan Avenue at Krauss Street in the Carondelet Neighborhood. The library takes its name from the neighborhood where it resides,...Show More Summary

Cabanne Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Cabanne is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 1106 Union Boulevard at Cabanne Avenue in the Academy Neighborhood. It takes its name from t he main street in the 1877 Cabanne Subdivision laid out by Dr. Show More Summary

Be Smart About Your Tax Return

It’s tax season so you’ll see more news stories about people trying to get your refund. We haven’t received everything we need to finish our taxes but I’m 100% certain nobody will steal our refund — because we’re not getting one. The only time you get a refund is when...

Local Example of Light Rail in Center of Street

For a while now I’ve been trying to convey how disastrous light rail in the center of Natural Bridge & Jefferson would be. I kept trying to think of a local example, but then the 2006 light rail extension in the center of Forest Park Parkway in Clayton came to...

Readers: Super Bowl Interest Unchanged Because Of Rams Departure

In the non-scientific Sunday Poll nearly two-thirds indicated the Rams departure didn’t change their interest in the Super Bowl Q: Now that St. Louis doesn’t have an NFL team, your interest in the Super Bowl is… Increased 0 [0%] Unchanged 30 [63.83%] Decreased 17 [36.17%] However, without a home team, over...

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