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Readers: Prop R & Central Library the Best of 2012

December 26, 2012 Board of Aldermen, Featured, Sunday Poll No Comments

To end 2012 on a positive note I asked you, the readers, to vote last week on the best of 2012. The passage of Prop R to reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen after the 2020 census and the reopening of the Central Library tied for the top spot. Rounding out the top 5 was the fact that Missouri voters approved the measure to let St. Louis control its own police department (the Civil War must really be over), the new Grand viaduct/bridge opening, and that a modern streetcar line is being studied to run through downtown out to Midtown and beyond.

Here’s the full results:

ABOVE: The glass wall behind the Locust St circulation desk was made from the old glass floors in the 7-story stacks area
ABOVE: The glass wall behind Central Library’s  Locust St circulation desk was made from the old glass floors in the 7-story stacks area

Q: Best things to happen to STL in 2012 (pick up to 5)

  1. Prop R to reduce the Board of Aldermen approved by STL voters 72 {12.88%]
  2. St. Louis Central Library reopened 72 [12.88%]
  3. Local control of police approved by Missouri voters 44 [7.87%]
  4. New Grand viaduct/bridge opened 40 [7.16%]
  5. Downtown Partnership studying a modern streetcar line 39 [6.98%]
  6. Metropolitan Bldg opened as artist lofts in Midtown/Grand Center 38 [6.8%]
  7. Union Station sold to new owners 34 [6.08%]
  8. St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU) relocated to Midtown/Grand Center 30 [5.37%]
  9. City shut down riverfront homeless camps 24 [4.29%]
  10. Starbucks at the Saucer opened 22 [3.94%]
  11. Washington Ave so popular crowd control becomes necessary 21 [3.76%]
  12. AAA to use round former HQ rather than raze it 20 [3.58%]
  13. SLU faculty & student groups vote no confidence in Biondi 20 [3.58%]
  14. Larry Williams decided not to run for another term as STL treasurer 18 [3.22%]
  15. Rams fired Spagnuolo as head coach 14 [2.5%]
  16. Bike parking ordinance enacted 13 [2.33%]
  17. SLU gets approval to raze Pevely building 7 [1.25%]
  18. Anti-eminent domain sign wins in court 7 [1.25%]
  19. MSD bond issue passed 7 [1.25%]
  20. Cigarette tax-hike proposition failed in Missouri 6 [1.07%]
  21. Other: 6 [1.07%]
  22. Last part of Highway 141 opened 3 [0.54%]
  23. Sam Dotson named new police chief 2 [0.36%]

The opening of the Metropolitan in Midtown almost made the top 5, glad to see so many agree that getting residential in the area is a very positive thing. Hopefully 2013 will bring us many more positives to reflect on a year from now.

— Steve Patterson



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