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Will the Urban League’s New Ferguson Center Be Urban or Suburban?

This afternoon the Urban League is going to give more details about something they released on Friday, a new center at the site of the burn-out QuikTrip on West Florissant in Ferguson: On Friday, the Urban League said the center would be “an important extension of its services in North...

Sunday Poll: What Change In Population Will The 2020 Census Reveal?

In 1962 something happened nobody 100 — even 50 — years earlier would’ve predicted: St. Louis County overtakes St. Louis City in population The American Statistical Association’s St. Louis Chapter Metropolitan Census Committee listed the population of St. Louis County as 762,000, and the population of St. Louis City at...

Tax Scams Make Sensational News But Media Fails To Mention Adjusting Withholding To Reduce/Eliminate Refund

When we watch television (vs Netflix, etc) it’s usually CBS — KMOV 4.1 here — unfortunately their promos on tax scams/cheats seem nonstop. Wednesday morning I checked local news sources for similar reports. KMOV had 3 mentions on their homepage, the others didn’t — but many had stories from this month:  KMOV: Taking...

Downtown’s Papa John’s Pizza To Reopen In Different Parking Garage

After Papa John’s Founder & CEO John Schnatter commented on the Affordable Care Act during the 2012 presidential campaign I stopped patronizing the downtown location — then located just 4 blocks East. My taste buds, waistline, and wallet were grateful. It will be nice seeing a business in these storefronts facing...

Readers & Legislators on Daylight Saving Time

In the Sunday Poll nearly half of you felt Daylight Saving Time (DST) is no longer necessary, but more than half support it or are indifferent. In the news the next day: Rep. Mike Kelley of Lamar is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether Missouri should use...

Think Before Converting Small Units Into Larger Units

The other day I saw an article that caught my attention: Preserving micro units in Norman, Oklahoma: A small infill builder tests a new housing type in a neighborhood next to a university, generating a win for housing diversity.  My first three years as an undergrad at the University of Oklahoma...

Potential On 22nd Street Across From Potential National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Location

Let’s assume the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency selects the 100-acre site in North St. Louis, over three others in the region, for its new campus, see Urban Renewal Officially Ended In 1974, Still Alive In St. Louis. Will this help or hinder the redevelopment of the surrounding blocks?  The planned clearance...

Sunday Poll: Is Daylight Saving Time Still Necessary?

Today is the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) — we Spring forward one hour: Since the introduction of modern daylight saving time in the early 20th century, many countries have been adjusting the clock one hour ahead in spring and winding it back by one hour during fall. This...

Please Enjoy The Weekend

It’s the end of the week so here’s some good news: it’ll be warmer than usual this weekend! With the cold winter weather it has been too ugly to do much outside. Tomorrow my husband and I are taking a day trip. I’ve posted before about previous trips: 2013: Day...

Turnout In Tuesday’s Primary Varied Widely

Less than 10% of the city’s 181,967 registered voters actually voted in Tuesday’s partisan primary, but to get the bigger picture we need to delve deeper into the numbers. A total of  17,291 ballots were cast among the three parties selecting their candidates for the general election next month. As expected, the overwhelming majority...

Fifth Anniversary of River City Casino

A lot has happened in the five years since River City Casino opened just beyond the city limits in South St. Louis County. The President Casino on the Admiral closed four months later in June 2010. It seems like every remaining casino, at least on the Missouri side, changed ownership....

Homeless Need Housing Longer Than Overnight

Over the years many have said us downtown loft dwellers don’t want to see the homeless, which is why we want to close Larry Rice’s overnight emergency shelter NLEC. This view many be valid for some of my neighbors, but it doesn’t apply to me or most no doubt, it is heart-wrenching to...

Forget About Lane Detection Warnings — Properly Adjust Your Side Mirrors

Last month I attended the massive Chicago Auto Show with my husband. The amount of technology in ordinary new cars is simply astonishing: rearview  cameras, automatic braking, and lane detection warning. For those of us unable to afford a 2015 car until 2020 or later I can offer a cheap...

Sunday Poll: Which of the following best describes your political views?

The question for today’s poll is pretty straightforward: Which of the following best describe you political views? Here are the options, in alphabetical order: Consistently conservative Consistently liberal Mixed Mostly conservative Mostly liberal They’ll be in a random order in the poll — see top of right sidebar to make your...

Ten Years Ago This Month: The Crime of The Century

As this bitter cold and snowy February draws to a close I was reminded a few times that the last of Century Building fell ten years ago this month. In early February 2005, I was sitting in the small conference room of Pyramid Companies...Show More Summary

Former Harbor Light Emergency Shelter Now 58 Apartments

It’s Friday so I like to end the week with some good news. This morning the Salvation Army will cut the ribbon on their 3010 Washington Apartments project: For more than a century, the property at 3010 Washington Boulevard has been synonymous with transforming lives of those in the greatest need in...

St. Louis’ Low Standards Turns A Once-Proud City Into A Suburban Office Park

We can all agree St. Louis must retain existing employers and attract new ones. Unfortunately, St. Louis has a habit of forgetting about urban design along the way.   Let’s take a look two examples; one within the proposed 100 acres site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and one to the immediate West. First is...

Urban Renewal Officially Ended In 1974, Still Alive In St. Louis

The redevelopment process commonly known as Urban Renewal, in retrospect, was largely a failure: After World War II, urban planners (then largely concerned with accommodating the increasing presence of automobiles) and social reformers (focused on providing adequate affordable housing) joined forces in what proved to be an awkward alliance. The...

Endorsements In Four Contested Primary Races

Today I have endorsements in four contested races in the Democratic primary a week from today — March 3rd: 7th Ward: Chelsea Merta  [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 8th Ward: Kevin B. McKinney [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 20th Ward: Cara Spencer [Campaign website | Facebook | Twitter] 24th Ward: Scott...

Someone Tell Google Maps: 8th & Pine Is The Arch Station

The other day I noticed a sign on MetroLink promoting 8th & Pine as the station for visiting the Arch. Since our original light rail line opened in 1993 the Laclede’s Landing station has been the most direct but given the planned new West-facing museum entrance it’s logical to begin...

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