Today marks the ninth anniversary of this blog. I began writing to focus on something other than my dad recovering from a heart attack. During the last nine years over 3,500 posts generated nearly 42,000 comments.
I write because I enjoy sharing my thoughts, many often disagree with me. I like to describe my vision for areas, how they might change in the future. Frequently comments suggest I’m just dreaming, the city’s broke, etc. Well, change starts when someone dreams up an idea that’s different than the current reality.
Money is tight, but here are some public projects completed during the nine years I’ve been blogging.
- Washington Ave streetscape east of Tucker
- Shrewsbury MetroLink extension
- Rebuild of I-64/Highway 40
- Jefferson Viaduct
- Grand Viaduct
- Jefferson over I-64
- Grand streetscape
- Grove streetscape
- Tucker rebuild
No money, huh? These and other projects weren’t free. Ideas must be generated first, then you seek out funding. No government says they have extra money for the taking, the ideas are put into proper form to see about getting funded. Yesterday I saw a 2002 newsletter which had information on the idea for a new Mississippi River bridge. This idea has been hashed around for years, the scope revised numerous times as two states tried to figure out how to fund the project. It’ll open in 2014.
According to Board of Public Service President Richard Bradley, they annually oversee projects totaling “$30-40 million which includes BPS projects at Lambert Airport.”
So I’m going to continue to share my ideas even though I don’t have a funding plan at that moment. I know that public infrastructure change often takes 5-20 years from idea to ribbon cutting, with only a small percentage making it to the end.
My tenth year begins tomorrow…
– Steve Patterson