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Urban Planning In An Era Of Terrorism

For the past few years I’ve been thinking about urban design/planning as it resounds to terrorism. On Halloween the truck attack we’d seen in London and other cities worldwide came to America, NYC. I have no insights, no solutions. Each time a terrorist drives a truck down a bike path,...

Sunday Poll: Should The LRA Bank Properties In Low-Density Neighborhoods?

Today’d poll relates to the LRA: The Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) receives title to all tax delinquent properties not sold at the Sheriff’s sale. It also receives title to properties through donations. The SLDC Real Estate Department maintains, markets, and sells these properties and performs land assemblage for future development. A new board bill...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 22 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 22nd week of the 2017-2018 session. SEVEN NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/3/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if...

Opinion: St. Louis Should Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana never should have been classified as am illegal drug to begin with. So why was it? A top bureaucrat didn’t want to be out of a job! In 1929, a man called Harry Anslinger was put in charge of the Department of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. But alcohol prohibition...

13th Anniversary Of UrbanReviewSTL

Today is Halloween…which means it’s also the anniversary of this blog. The 13th anniversary! Last year I ended comments on blog posts…best decision ever. You can still comment via Facebook & Twitter. No major changes this time as the 14th year starts, posting 4 days per week will continue: Sundays 8am:...

Sunday Poll: Should the City of St. Louis Legalize Marijuana?

One of four new board bills introduced on Friday The bill, sponsored by Alderman Megan Green, 15th Ward, would stop enforcement of any laws that permit “the civil or criminal punishment for the use or possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia against any individual or entity,” except under certain circumstances....

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 21 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 21st week of the 2017-2018 session. One bill was introduced last week that wasn’t on the agenda available the day before the meeting: BOARD BILL NO. 176 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN ARNOWITZ An ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of...

Opinion: Doubtful St. Louis Will Be A Finalist For Amazon’s HQ2…And That’s OK

It seems nearly everyone wants to land Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, dubbed HQ2: Amazon says it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions wanting to host the company’s new headquarters. Proposals came from 54 states, provinces, and districts. All US states except Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota submitted...

Preservation Board To Consider Demolition Request For Historic Block On South Broadway In Carondelet Neighborhood

This afternoon the St. Louis Preservation Board will consider a request for demolition. an appeal, because the Cultural Resources director initially denied the request. The request is to raze an entire block of historic buildings on South Broadway. Broadway is one of the few streets in St. Louis that runs...

Sunday Poll: How Confident Are You The St. Louis Region Will Be Among The Finalists For Amazon’s HQ2?

Last week cities/regions submitted their proposal to win Amazon’s 2nd North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The highly-fragnented St. Louis region came together to submit one unified proposal: Today, leaders submitted a unified regional bid for Amazon’s second headquarters — known as HQ2. The proposed site spans both sides of the...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 20 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 20th week of the 2017-2018 session. TWO NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10//20/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be...

Opinion: Professional Lobbyists Shouldn’t Be Aldermen

The 28 members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are paid by taxpayers to pass legislation that hopefully is beneficial to the city. Lobbyists, on the other hand, are paid by clients to push for legislation that benefits their interests. Lobbyists don’t belong in a legislative body, even if...

Missouri Side of St. Louis Region Voting on November 7th

Three weeks from tomorrow (11/7/17) voters on the Missouri side of the St. Louis region will go to the polls to vote on various issues and, in one case, fill a vacant seat. Missouri voters will need to Show It 2 Vote. City of St. Louis: 2nd Ward Voters in the 2nd...

Sunday Poll: Is It OK For An Alderman To Also Be A Lobbyist?

The elected office of St. Louis Aldermen is considered a part0time position, most have jobs. The jobs they hold vary greatly. The job of one new alderman has been in the news recently: Last month, a company offered to outfit every St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer with a camera for...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 19 of 2017-2018 Session

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 19th week of the 2017-2018 session. ON THE AGENDA FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10//13/17: Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend...

Opinion: St. Louis Expects Lots of Lanes Because of Harland Bartholomew

Before the automobile public right-of-ways (PROW), public-owned land that connects private property, was shared by pedestrians, people on horseback, horse-drawn carriages, trollies pulled by horses, etc.  PROW in cities were becoming increasingly crowded. Many roads were unpaved, those that were in cobblestones. Waste from horses & mules made the PROW...

St. Louis Should Celebrate Indigenous People, Not Columbus

One hundred fifty years ago the the fist Columbus Day parade was held in St.Louis — 70 years before becoming a federal holiday. The Italian American Heritage Corporation is one of the oldest Italian American organization in the United States. It was organized on November 11, 1866 and was incorporated...

Sunday Poll: Should Vehicle Lanes Lost During Road Diet Projects Be Put Back?

For more than a decade the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, our Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), has been working on a road diet project it calls  The Great Streets Initiative: East-West Gateway launched the St. Louis Great Streets Initiative in early 2006 to expand the way communities think of their...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills #133-140

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 18h week of the 2017-2018 session. One bill was introduced last week that wasn’t on the published agenda: Board Bill No. 133 | Vacation of Primm St. from Reilly westwardly BOARD BILL # 133 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERWOMAN SARAH MARTIN...

Opinion: Our Gas Prices Are Way Too Low

Gasoline here in the U.S.is cheap compared to much of the world. The average price of gasoline around the world is 4.09 U.S. Dollar per us gallon. However, there is substantial difference in these prices among countries. As a general rule, richer countries have higher prices while poorer countries and...

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