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Happy Holidays

Most likely you’re off work today, last night you might’ve celebrated the 8th night of Hanukkah or a family Christmas Eve tradition.  We attended a party in the Shaw neighborhood. Today we’re staying home, my husband’s family is coming from Springfield IL for a late lunch. Well, I’ve gotta get...

Readers: The US Should Convert To The Metric System

The ham we’re serving my husband’s family tomorrow weighs just over 4 kilograms (4,0279kg), or 8.88 lbs in US/Imperial measurements. The instructions say to reheat it at 162.78ºC (325ºF).  If we offered soda to drink we’d probably buy it in a 0.52834 gallon bottle (2 liters).  They’re driving 155.62Km (96.7 miles)...

Tree of Books At St. Louis Central Library

The St. Louis Central Library has the best “tree” on display right now. Beautiful, plus no watering necessary or pine needles to clean up! — Steve Patterson

Parking Garage Undergoing Time-Consuming Multi-Million Dollar Restoration; Businesses Closed, Jobs Lost

Old buildings require renovation/restoration to extend their useful life. Usually downtown buildings getting a complete makeover date from the 19th or early 20th century but for the last six months one built in 1967 has been closed during the restoration process. The owners of this business expected to only be...

Sunday Poll: Should The U.S. Switch To The Metric System?

Some of you are too young to remember our brief flirtation with the metric system, 1975-1982: The Metric Conversion Act is an Act of Congress that U.S. President Gerald Ford signed into law on December 23, 1975. It declared the Metric system “the preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce”, but permitted the use of United...

Another Book Gift Idea: Under One Flag: A Journey from 9/11 to the Heartland

On Tuesday I told you about Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities by Heywood T. Sanders and a week ago about about five St. Louis books. Today’s book, a beautifully photographed hardcover coffee table book, deserved its own post: To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a...

Restrooms Are For Customers Only

We’ve all encountered businesses that keep their public restroom(s) under lock & key, requiring you to ask for a key at the counter. The other day I had lunch with a couple of friends but the restroom access was simple while keeping out non-customers. Each receipt has a restroom code, the...

Readers Want A Trader Joe’s in the City

On Sunday, as this poll was ongoing, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s — the store I most want to open a location within the City of St. Louis.  TJ’s was the top answer in the poll, followed by Apple Store and Costco. The results: Q: Which retail stores, if any,...

Reading: Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities by Heywood T. Sanders

Friday I listed five books about St. Louis to consider as gifts.  Today’s book, a massive volume, isn’t about St. Louis. Well, not entirely. Chapter 8, titled “St. Louis: Protection from Erosion”, is the story of our own convention center folly. From the publisher: American cities have experienced a remarkable surge...

Federal & Missouri Fuel Taxes Should Be Raised Now, Indexed To Inflation

In the last twenty years many things have increased in cost, including steel, concrete, asphalt, labor and other expenses of transportation infrastructure. Still, the main funding mechanism (fuel taxes) haven’t increased since 1993 (federal) and 1996 (Missouri). It’s no wonder our infrastructure is falling apart. Plus, we have more infrastructure...

Sunday Poll: Which Retail Stores In Our Region Would You Like To See Open A Location In The City Of St. Louis?

Decades ago downtown St. Louis was the place to go shopping, that’s where stores were concentrated. But years of population loss also meant retail stores have decentralized. The St. Louis region has many retail outlets (local & chain) but many don’t have a location within the city limits. Which brings...

Gift Idea: Books About St. Louis

Who doesn’t like books? Below are five books from 2014 to consider: Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side, 2nd Edition by Jim Merkel On the South Side, there lived a tactless TV guy who had a way of getting tossed out of everything on camera, from the old VP...

Retail Parking Garages Great In Winter

As Winter approaches I’m thankful for the businesses that have covered parking. You see, since my 2008 stroke walking on dry pavement is a challenge, snow & ice nearly impossible. So businesses with covered parking, like the Hampton Village Target, allows me to drive from my garage and park under...

Readers Like New York Thin, St. Louis, & Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Styles

In the Sunday Poll readers picked their favorite pizza styles: Q: Pick two (2) favorite styles of pizza from the following: New York Thin Crust 14 [25%] St. Louis Style 13 [23.21%] Chicago Deep Dish (and stuffed) 12 [21.43%] The Original: Neapolitan 9 [16.07%] Detroit Style 4 [7.14%] California Style 2...

Central Library Reopened Two Years Ago

St. Louis’ Central Library reopened two years ago today, after being closed for a major renovation. Earlier this year a cafe opened off the atrium. If you haven’t yet visited I suggest you take the time to check it out. I haven’t spent as much time inside as I thought...

We Have Many Police Departments In St. Louis

This post is intended to help out headline writers from outside the St. Louis region. Last week many said St. Louis Police when they meant St. Louis County Police. Not their fault, they likely don’t know our long history of fragmentation. The St. Louis region is in two states —...

Sunday Poll: Pick Two (2) Favorite Styles Of Pizza

For the poll today I’m asking about pizza styles. Because many styles exist I used the list from 9 Different Kinds of Pizza in the United States: The Original: Neapolitan California Style Chicago Deep Dish (and stuffed) Chicago Thin Crust Detroit Style New England Greek New York Thin Crust St....

Business Coming To West Florissant

West Florissant Ave in St. Louis or its suburbs isn’t the most prosperous of commercial streets, still I see local entrepreneurs earning a living, providing needed products & services, and employing others. For a few months now I’ve seen a vacant building as I pass by on the bus or...

Mobile Payments An Option At Some Existing Parking Meters

New parking meters are be coming to St. Louis; they’ll accept coins, credit cards, and mobile payments. The mobile payments aspect isn’t waiting on the new meters though, the Treasurer’s office is busy assigning “zones” to blocks so parkers have the option of paying with the Parkmobile app with the existing...

Readers Prefer Draught Beer

In the Sunday Poll at the start of the week readers indicated a preference for draught beer, with bottles #2. Below are the results: Q: How do you prefer to drink beer? Draught (draft) in a glass 20 [55.56%] Bottle 9 [25%] Beer Bong 4 [11.11%] Doesn’t matter as long as...

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