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A Look At The New Kiener Plaza (Photos & Videos)

A week ago I posted many photos of the old Kiener Plaza, see Remembering The Old Kiener Plaza. Today we take a close look at the new Kiener Plaza that opened over the weekend. The first three images were taken the afternoon of May 8, 2017 from the SE corner of...

Charleville Brewing Company Opens First St. Louis Location

Yeah, we are the Brick City. We are also becoming the Beer City of the Midwest. The history is certainly there, but the influx of microbreweries since Schlafly broke the mold in 1991 has been amazing to witness. 1991, the year STL malt...Show More Summary

Infrastructure Updates - Wells Drive In Forest Park

Forest Park continues to assert itself as the premier park in the region. Of St. Louis' 108 parks, and Tower Grove Park, it is the crown jewel. Largely due to the successful public/private partnership that is Forest Park Forever; their...Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should Gov Grietens Sign The Minimum Wage Bill?

On Friday May 12th, in the final minutes of the session, the Missouri legislature sent a bill to Governor Greitens that would nullify St. Louis’ recent increase in the minimum wage.  The House failed to adopt an emergency clause on the bill, meaning it won’t immediately take effect should Gov....

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/19/2017 (#35-#36), Update On Board Bill #34 From Prior Week

The following two (2) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today: B.B.#35 – Vaccaro – An ordinance protecting victims of automobile theft from paying storing, towing and administrative fees directly related to recovery of a stolen automobile by amending Ordinance 64668, approved June 11, 1999 and containing a severability clause....

Readers: Lawsuit Against NFL Won’t Be Successful

On Friday we learned about the legal team coming to St. Louis to defend the NFL & Rams against the lawsuit filed by St. Louis: To no one’s surprise, the NFL is sending in its “A-team” in the St. Louis breach of contract lawsuit over the relocation of the Rams...

Remembering The Old Kiener Plaza

The ribbon will be cut on the new Kiener Plaza at noon on Friday, May 19, 2017. Kiener Plaza is a 2-block urban park, part of the Gateway Mall, bounded by Broadway (5th) on the East, Market on the South, 7th on the West, and Chestnut on the North. Originally...

Sunday Poll: Will St. Louis’ Lawsuit Against The Rams/NFL Be Successful?

It has been over a year since the Rams returned to Los Angeles after a costly failed attempt to keep them in St. Louis.Last month a lawsuit was filed relating to the effort to keep the NFL team here: The relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles...

How Did St. Louis Arrive at 79 Neighborhoods?

One of the questions I've been asked over the years is who named and plotted out the 79 neighborhoods of St. Louis. Through a recent Twitter conversation with someone trying to understand how old the name of their neighborhood is, the topic is once again top of mind. Show More Summary

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/12/2017 (#25-#34)

The following ten (10) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today: B.B.#25 – Ingrassia – An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 2076 at 2801 & 2803 Magnolia, from “J” Industrial District to the...

Opinion: Recent Flooding An Act of Mankind, Not A Deity

The afternoon of Sunday April 29th I posted a news story to this blog’s Facebook page with a title that read: “MoDot: Very good chance Route 141 at I-44 underwater by Monday morning.” It was. Route 141 didn’t reopen again until late Monday May 8th. When posting the article I’d...

Learn From Embarrassing History, Don’t Brush It Under The Rug

Late last month New Orleans was in the news, causing me think about St. Louis’ own confederate statue.. New Orleans has taken a first major step in fulfilling its 2015 promise to tear down four prominent Confederate statues, an attempt to scrub the city’s public spaces of what many see as...

Sunday Poll: Was Recent Flooding An “Act of God”?

Many in the St. Louis region have been affected by the recent flooding. People have died, lives disrupted, property damaged, etc. Flooding, like tornados. are often called an “Act of God.” “Acts of God,” for insurance purposes, are defined as events that occur through natural causes and could not be...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/5/2017 (#1, #9-#24)

Today is the third meeting of the 2017-2018 session of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Two Board Bills were introduced a week ago that weren’t listed on last week’s agenda posted the day before. Number 9 is on the agenda posted online, perhaps I missed it. However, #10 isn’t...

Readers: Do Not Ease Future Emissions & Fuel Economy Regulations

Our vehicles are getting bigger, but they use less fuel than just a few years ago. How is this possible? Because of fuel economy regulations manufacturers are making cars lighter, engines more efficient. Though cars shrank in the 70s & 80s, they’ve been growing again: Technological progress in the automobile...

Richard Serra’s ‘Twain’ Is 35, Remains Unloved By Most St. Louisans…Including Arts Patrons

Five years ago I’d hoped to have temporary lighting on Richard Serra’s Twain sculpture — to replicate the original lighting when it was dedicated on May 1, 1982. See We Should Restore “Twain’s” Original Lighting Scheme (1982 Video). I had a lighting company interested in setting up a temporary display...

Sunday Poll: Should Stricter Emissions & Fuel Economy Regulations Be Eased?

Stricter emissions & corporate fuel economy (CAFE) regulations established by the previous administration, seen as too cumbersome, may not be funded.  From last month: In a March 21 budget document posted online by the Washington Post, the Trump administration proposed eliminating $48 million in federal funding for EPA vehicle and...

Earliest Memories of St. Louis

Growing up less than ten miles east of St. Louis, my family rarely brought us kids to the city even though my dad worked downtown. The occasional visit was to the Zoo, a Cards game, Union Station, St. Louis Centre or the VP Fair/air show. Show More Summary

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 4/28/2017 (#2-#8)

The following are the first seven (7) board bills, being introduced today, in the 2017-2018 session of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen: B.B.#2 – Davis –An ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing (i) the issuance by the City of its Airport Revenue Refunding bonds, St....

Readers: Missouri Should Not Close Rest Areas

A majority of those who voted in the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll think Missouri shouldn’t close interstate rest areas as a way to close budget shortfalls. Florida, Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota are among the states that have closed traditional rest stops in the last two years. And a battle...

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