This is Maplewood's chance to get things right. They tore down the north half of downtown in the 1970s for a Kmart (that eventually became the Shop N Save), now they can rebuild a walkable, mixed-use community. Pictures of what was: http://40southnews.com/maplewood-history-what-the-heck-happened-to-...
^If the pieces are really big and made of concrete, nobody is stealing them. I'm thinking a 30-foot-tall concrete bishop in the middle of an intersection. Forget about Slay Balls and Schoemehl Pots, let's get Rex Pieces as the new traffic calming devices.
I was at the Art Museum yesterday and was asked to sign two petitions for amendments to the Missouri Constitution. The one was an anti-union measure that was being pushed as "supporting freedom of speech at the workplace" and the other was to "protect historic monuments", which was actually a ban on...
No, I think it is a thing right now. Maybe it's cause for the runner-up to sue? Or a constituent?
The redistricting begins in spring-summer 2021 via a transition ordinance, key issues are keeping majority-minority wards and population equality after the 2020 census. They can't start planning until the Census 2020 results come back, and they will end up with a transition ordinance at that point. ...
To bring this back to the BoA... I can only say that this is exhibit #10,000 as to why I'm still glad I voted to reduce the number of wards. If the best candidate in Penrose and O'Fallon is a guy who habitually ignores court dates, then adding another 11,000 citizens to the ward will up the odds of ...
At full strength, District 3 should field 104 officers across south city. Dace only has 92, and five of them, he says, are on extended sick leave. Four are detached to other units. Practically, that leaves the district 21 officers short. ... Presently, the department's 1,184 commissioned officers —...
I don't know that it's that far-fetched. Example: Nashville already has a 30+ mile commuter rail system. The demographics of Mount Juliet and Lebanon TN in Wilson County are similar to Franklin or Jefferson County.
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Forgive me, but why do you have to up and move just because of a few gunshots down the street? And what neighborhood in the city are you moving to where there won't be gunshots down the street? I live in the city and there aren't gunshots down the street. I've never heard gunshots in my neighborhoo...
The Iron Horse is *very* cool in Milwaukee. Nice finishes, great atmosphere. Definitely a locals and a tourist hangout.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/village-of-mackenzie-set-to-disappear-in-its-trustees-hope/article_829d0b18-5d63-5550-b3b1-31ac888a6a62.html Mackenzie is disincorporating due "apathy and age". The county will take over the parks department, snow removal, garbage contracting, and the police...
The privately run ones in China are heavily subsidized and still end up with a ton of bikes blocking sidewalks, dumped in crap locations, etc. I don't know about the DC ones but apparently they're quite popular. That being said... STL is a long way from China and DC.
The regulations ordinance sounds intense. Six full-time employees? Tons of fees, pass through penalty fees, requirements on how quick they have to expand... This is a nightmare of red tape.
8. For the first time in decades (ever?) St. Louis hires a police chief from outside of the department and region. He has much to solve and overcome, but as a fresh face from a fresh background, he's given the benefit of the doubt by many, and healing and progress in the relationship between the po...
I worry about a dollar store. Those things have been expanding like crazy in the last five years and they don't project the right image for the area. If DESCO rents to one expect seriously pissed neighborhood association people (myself included).
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like making bold predictions. 1) City homicides down from 2017 peak 2) Four 20+ story buildings in St. Louis region start construction 3) Nashville gets Amazon HQ2 4) The state legislature moves on regional governance (statewide ballot, legislative change, etc)...
^I knew I was forgetting something! I was halfway through collecting these and got sidetracked.

I'd say a strong 1.5 out of 5 for you! Not much progress on reentry/merger gets half credit, since I think behind the scenes there's a lot of movement in Jeff City and at Rex's house.
Chalupas54 -- (yes on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11; no on 8, 9, 12) 1- Centene breaks ground late January. 2- Clayton continues to boom, a few new proposals for highrises. 3- Ballpark Village continues to move ahead unhindered, with groundbreaking date announced by years end. 4- Jefferson Arms gets u...
^The CWE is way more likely than the Clayton end.
Sounds like Dalco windows screwed up and probably told the Archdiocese not to worry about it. Methinks that Dalco is gonna be on the hook for fixing it. But looking at the pictures, I also don't really notice the difference that much (on some windows like when they take out a half round and fill it ...
^Popular among politicians who want to look like they're doing *something* but they don't work. Just a waste of resources. Here's a "simple" plan to address crime that would take 5-10 years to pay off but would show real results. 1) Partner with WUSTL and SLU medical schools to offer Finnish-style "...
It's pretty straightforward to slice up cities and find the most violent areas, but I felt like it wasn't a stretch to break out the north, south, central corridor since the city of St. Louis already does that. That being said, 16.7 per 100,000 is a little higher than what all of Metro Nashville is ...
I'm not so sure that population growth drives down crime or that population loss accelerates crime. East St Louis has a lower crime rate than north St. Louis at this point, so that's one piece of evidence to suggest that eventually even the criminals will move out once things get too bad. Lots of th...
South of I-55/44 had a population of 157,000, which was down 9% from 2000. If there's 138,000 there now, that's a murder rate of 16.7 per 100,000. Central corridor had 61,000 in 2010, up 9% from 2000. If there's 65,000 there now, murder rate in central corridor is 21.5 per 100,000. Right about 100,0...
While I can't speak to a good recommendation for #3, I can warn you to avoid the big GCs that come from St. Charles/St. Louis County and descend like locusts every year with pamphlets, door-to-door, "free quotes" followed by hard sells. They all want to do bathrooms, kitchens, siding, gutters, windo...