Sadly that Mall is yet another example of a dying breed.
It use to take muuuch longer to get to Chicago. I'm pleased with the improvements.
I think when you start saying taxes is the issue, it seems to be partisan/political blame. Taxes are obviously higher in Chicagoland, where I've been living, and there has been a lot of growth in the Chicago area. What I've always felt is that the state needs more investment downstate, so they can a...
I saw Knight of Cups over the weekend; pretty strange movie, even by Terrence Malick standards. Anyway, the whole thing was set in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but for some reason there was a 10 second clip of the Arch in it. A view of Downtown from the Poplar Street Bridge, and then driving past the...
Dick Durbin would be the senator to pressure for this. If you know the history, Thomas Jefferson was president when the mounds were first discovered by Europeans. He was at war with the natives at the time, and didn't want to portray them as civilized, which this would have done. At this point , tha...
St. Louis has to support growth in Illinois if it knows what's good for itself. I've always seen both Illinois and Missouri shrugging off the Metro East. However, Illinois has done a bit more, and leaders in St Louis city obviously know the benefits, since the city is very much surrounded by that st...
^ Does Missouri have no program at the moment? Here is an article about tax credits for Gone Girl shot down in Cape: m They got a 35% credit for in-state expenditures, basically some $800,000 for almost $3 million in spending on non-payroll (and I think may get more on payroll when those numbers ar...
My biggest memory was that all the riverboats. St Louis was known for its riverboats, and now that trademark is disappearing without protest. The helicopter tours were big then too, and I think that has returned. I remember visiting Washington Avenue a lot, right before they did the streetscape 1999...
I remember in the 80's it was so boring to go to downtown Belleville. It was nothing but antique stores, random craft stores, and the 2 movie theaters - the Lincoln and the Ritz. It was an old lady's paradise.

Despite the loss of the Ritz, it has completely transformed for the better.
I've been using Uber in Chicago. Do they still not have it in St Louis? I feel like they've been talking about it, because I've seen spam e-mails from the company talking about St Louis. They work with taxi's too. It use to be a pain for me to find a taxi at 4am , when, and if , I had to work that e...
^ Police Departments don't pay for military surplus. The resemblance between the near and the far was no accident, as some of the military gear and weaponry in the hands of Ferguson police likely came from the Pentagon, as did much of the materiel being used in those faraway military conflicts. Loc...
They can't afford cameras , but they can afford assault rifles, military gear, and tanks ? They really need to get their priorities checked.
We have Divvy in Chicago. I just worked on a project related to the system. Basically, they have to keep at least half of each rack empty so people can arrive and land their bikes somewhere. Then they also have to keep the racks somewhat full , as well, in order to allow people to pick up the bikes ...
Evidently the network series Resurrection is supposed to be set in our state's beautiful Arcadia Valley but it is filmed in Georgia instead because of tax credits. It's never too late to bring them back. I think Missouri could do one where productions receive additional credit for featuring famous ...
Currently, the states without film tax incentives are: Arizona Delaware Idaho Indiana Iowa Kansas Missouri Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota Vermont Wisconsin The States with the best incentives are: Louisiana (21 Jump Street, Jurassic World, Terminator Genesis, True Blood) Georgia (The Walking Dea...
Austin mulls film incentive program Austin's city staff has proposed a city-run cash grant incentives program for digital media intended to help close the gap between Texas and other states' film and television-focused incentive programs. Robert Grattan Staff Writer- Austin Business Journal Austin o...
Those are pretty decent looking. The Tudor is unexpected for east St. Louis. It'll look different, that's for sure!
I'm really disappointed with Missouri for ending the tax incentives in the state, although not entirely surprised. However there's talks that some cities are bringing up the idea of local incentives for films. I'm interested in pushing the idea of creating a bi-state tax incentive (St Louis and the ...
FYI , the high ridership numbers in those Illinois cities are largely due to College students from Chicago, although I wouldn't say that's the entire case. Springfield doesn't have a huge college student population, but those that live there do love to go to St Louis and Chicago often , and the trai...
Bleh Walmart. The urban Walmarts here in Chicago don't see the kind of business Target creates. They're reviving an entire area north of where Cabrini Green , partially because a target was built in an abandoned lot.
Looks good to see the final product from the freeway or metrolink. Glad to see this up in East St Louis. It gives visitors a good impression , right before they reach the Stan Musial Bridge.
The Port of East St. Louis - Looks to be just north of the Monsanto Factory, well south of East St Louis' Jefferson National Expansion Memorial East, and those projects.
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innov8ion wrote:
But this seems a bit far-fetched. A satellite like SIU has, perhaps -- but not a true campus.


They already have one.
https://www.siue.edu/eslc/
BTW here is midwest amtrak station ridership: (are the numbers not insane? Small cities in Illinois are outranking major cities) Chicago – 3,522,000 (up 1.1%) Milwaukee – 617,153 (down 2.4%) St. Louis – 378,146 (up 6.9%) Bloomington-Normal IL – 239,981 Springfield IL – 192,216 Champaign-Urbana IL – ...
Amtrak reported ridership of 353,696 for the Gateway Transit Center for FY 2012. That's a 13.8% increase over last year's 310,859. The Gateway Transit Center is the third busiest station outside the coasts (after Chicago and Milwaukee). Even though the ridership was less during its existence , it's...