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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills

As I recently learned, we must keep a close eye on the Board of Aldermen or a damaging bill might try to sneak by. So I’m introducing a new weekly post: a listing of new bills before the St, Louis Board of Aldermen. How a Board Bill Becomes An Ordinance...

Sunday Poll: Should The Presidential Nominating Process Be Revised?

Both major political parties hold their conventions next month. Both parties now have a presumptive nominee, but some think the processes used by the Republicans & Democrats should change: Both parties have complex mechanisms for choosing presidential nominees, with each state holding caucuses or primaries under different rules. Candidates earn...

Public Should Be Notified of Proposed Street Closures/Vacations

This morning the full Board of Aldermen will meet, but they won’t have a final vote on Board Bill 64  — a bill to vacate a short block of 17th Street — because it has been moved to the “informal calendar” as a result of fierce grassroots opposition being vocalized to...

Gaslight Square vs. Washington Ave

When I moved from Oklahoma City to St. Louis in 1990 our long-time neighbor across the street told me of his visits to Gaslight Square in the 1960s. By the time I’d arrived the buildings on the 2-block stretch of Olive were boarded up. I settled just West of there,...

Readers Overwhelming Support Good Samaritan Laws To Break Into Hot Cars To Rescue Kids and/or Pets

Laws regarding kids or animals left in hot cars vary by state, but the newest being passed are good Samaritan laws that breaking into hot cars to rescue kids or animals believed to be in danger. From Monday: Good Samaritans who break into vehicles in an attempt to rescue children trapped...

Line For Post Office Parking Garage Two Blocks Long

Recently I saw a line of cars Eastbound on Market waiting to turn right onto 16th to park in a parking garage. For the Blues playoffs? Big concert at Scottrade Center? No, shift change at the main post office. Seriously. A postal employee waiting in line told me this was...

Proposed 17th Street Closure Would Reduce Safety & Security For Existing Residents Around Monogram Project

Over the last 8+ years I’ve written about the view from my balcony many times, including last Friday. Today’s post is about three locations I’ve covered separately: former CPI building, 17th St, and the former CPI parking lot: April 2014: Parking in Former CPI Corp Lot Now $5/Day or $65/Month...

Sunday Poll: Support Or Oppose A Law Allowing Breaking Into A Car To Save A Child/Pet?

As we get closer to Summer, temperatures are rising. Which means the risk to kids & pets left in cars goes up greatly.  Ohio recently passed a law that protects the public if they try to save a minor and/or pet: Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law Tuesday...

The Things You Hear & See In An Urban Environment (w/Video)

When you have your windows open in an urban environment you hear all sorts of strange sounds. Two weeks ago we heard a diesel engine plus something odd enough that we paused what we were watching to have a look. A tow truck was into a corner after having pulled...

St. Louis City Talk Update

Holy crap, I'm edging toward one million page loads on this blog...never thought that'd happen. Anyhow, I've been pursuing the personal goals of writing for pleasure and promoting St. Louis as a great city to live/explore since 2008....Show More Summary

18th & Market St: Pedestrians Must Wait While Vehicles Turn Opposite Direction

Pedestrians have the right-of-way except in cases where vehicles are given a specific signal such as a left arrow. In this cases pedestrians must wait, but in the example the only turning cars would be NB ones turning right onto EB Market -- they'd yield to pedestrians crossing the street -- like most intersections. Show More Summary

Readers: Driverless Cars Safe For Occupants & Others

I’m very open to the idea of driverless/autonomous vehicles, but as a pedestrian in a wheelchair a recent patent gave me pause: Google has patented what is essentially a flypaper that sticks pedestrians to a vehicle should they be hit by an autonomous car. The tech giant sees the solution as...

Shoddy Curb Ramp/Crosswalk At 16th Street & Market St

Lately I’ve been focusing on my pedestrian experience in the city, some recent posts include: 8th & Market: Vehicle Stop Line Where Pedestrians Should Cross 8th Street, No Marked Crosswalk Deutsch Family Has Profited From Public Right-Of-Way For Nearly Two Decades Downtown>Hampton>IKEA>Downtown St. Louis Fails At Crosswalks Olive & Tucker...

Sunday Poll: Do You Think Driverless Cars Are Safe?

Self-driving autonomous driverless cars are quickly becoming a reality. New Tesla’s have autopilot and Uber is testing in Pittsburgh: The first Uber car that doesn’t need a driver has hit the streets. The ride-hailing behemoth announced in a blog post Thursday that it has begun testing a self-driving car in Pittsburgh, home...

St. Louis’ Riverfront Reopening Next Week

We’re all invited to a riverfront picnic next week, Thursday June 2nd.  No blanket needed — a 2,016 foot-long table will be set up, chairs provided. From the official press release: Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis, CityArchRiver Foundation and other partners invite residents from across the region...

Third Lucky’s Market In Region May Open In Downtown West In 2017

The grocery market in St. Louis is constantly changing —  yesterday the long-awaited Whole Foods at Euclid & Pine opened in a new mixed-use building, the Orion apartments are upstairs. The grocery market in the St. Louis region is one of my areas of interest — the combination of retailing...

We Must Ask Different Questions Before Expanding Our Convention Center

St. Louis is again considering keeping up with the Joneses: The city’s convention center complex should expand to more than 900,000 square feet, half again its current size, according to a report given Thursday to the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. Such improvements would bring a “minimum” 37 percent...

8th & Market: Vehicle Stop Line Where Pedestrians Should Cross 8th Street, No Marked Crosswalk

Last week, while we were out at 8th & Market. I noticed another design flaw in St. Louis’ pedestrian network. This is between Citygarden and Ballpark Village/Busch Stadium. The stop line and markings are recent. The detectable warnings on the sidewalk/ramp are there to help guide the visually disabled. Vehicles...

Old Sidewalk-Blocking Bike Racks Finally Removed

When Culinaria opened it was a relief having a decent-sized grocery store downtown. A problem was trying to get to the entrance at 9th & Olive. The public sidewalk along 9th was so full it was basically single file for many years. I got the number of tables reduced —...

Sunday Poll: Should Our Convention Center Be Expanded?

In February, the topic of expanding the downtown convention center came up: The city’s convention center complex should expand to more than 900,000 square feet, half again its current size, according to a report given Thursday to the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. (Post-Dispatch) So this is the topic...

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