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Picking Up Trash A Good Way To Volunteer

Returning to our loft from a visit to Union Station last week, my boyfriend and I decided to check out the Meeting of the Waters fountain by Carl Milles in Aloe Plaza.

The beauty of Carl Milles' work with Union Station in the background
The beauty of Carl Milles’ work with Union Station in the background

Timidly DFS asked me if I minded if he picked up some trash while we were there. Mind? Of course not! Knock yourself out…

For the next 90 minutes we covered the two blocks of Aloe Plaza until it was clean
For the next 90 minutes we covered the two blocks of Aloe Plaza until it was clean
We quickly realized most of the trash cans were already overflowing with trash
We quickly realized many of the trash cans were already overflowing with trash
DFS collected quite a bit of trash, thankfully we found  a nearby trash can that had room
DFS collected quite a bit of trash, thankfully we found a nearby trash can that had room

A few times since he’s gone back to Aloe Plaza, and parts of the Gateway Mall to the east, to pick up more trash. He’s been looking for the right volunteer opportunity and helping clean the Gateway Mall seems to be a perfect fit.

Aloe Plaza isn't always this clean, but it looked nice when we left
Aloe Plaza isn’t always this clean, but it looked nice when we left

Picking up trash allows him to volunteer on his schedule and doesn’t require coordination with others. DFS hasn’t even lived in St. Louis for four months but already he’s making a small impact. DFS is the perfect boyfriend for me!

— Steve Patterson

 

Readers Say Botanical Garden & Zoo Are Favorite ZMD Institutions

Last week readers selected their favorite two institutions in the Zoo-Museum District (original post) .

Missouri Botanical Garden, June 2011
Missouri Botanical Garden, June 2011
St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis Zoo

Here are the results:

Q: Which TWO (2) institutions in the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District are your favorites?

  1. Missouri Botanical Garden 98 [31.61%]
  2. Saint Louis Zoological Park 94 [30.32%]
  3. Saint Louis Art Museum 77 [24.84%]
  4. Missouri History Museum 22 [7.1%]
  5. Saint Louis Science Center 18 [5.81%]
  6. Unsure/No Answer 1 [0.32%]

The botanical gardens are my favorite, but I’ve spent a lot of time at events at the history museum. I haven’t been to the zoo in 20 years, but I’ll go again this year.

– Steve Patterson

 

Readers Leaning Toward Approval of 3/16th of a Cent Arch/Parks Sales Tax

Concept drawing at Arch grounds
Concept drawing at Arch grounds

Next Tuesday voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County will be asked to approve a 3/16th of a cent sales tax increase that will expire in 20 years. The poll results here are not scientific, only reflecting the views of a small segment of the electorate. Early on the “no” votes outnumbered the “yes” votes 2-1, but slowly throughout the week the yes votes gained momentum but not enough to clear 50%.

Q: Do you support Prop P on the April 2nd ballot? Prop P=3/16th of a cent sales tax for Arch/parks

  1. Yes 75 [46.3%]
  2. No 59 [36.42%]
  3. Undecided 14 [8.64%]
  4. Not a voter in STL City/County 6 [3.7%]
  5. Unsure/No Opinion 4 [2.47%]
  6. Other: 4 [2.47%]

The four (4) other answers were:

  1. Probably, but not enthused about itAdd as a poll answer
  2. No, would much rather see the 3/16 cent sales tax go to lowering Lambert”s debt
  3. It’s strange that St. Louis must put so much money into a park it doesn’t own…
  4. Yes, but would greatly prefer revenue to be raised by property taxes .

The Post-Dispatch favors the tax increase:

You add 4.225 percent state tax rate to local rates to get the combined sales tax. The base city sales tax is 4.266 percent, slightly higher in some special taxing areas. The base combined state and local sales in St. Louis city is 8.491 percent, 25th highest among those 107 metro areas. If Prop P passes, the base rate will rise to about 8.51 cents. That’s barely noticeable unless you buy a $20,000 car, when it will cost you another $37.50 in sales taxes. (Editorial: Yes on Prop P. Arch-parks-trails tax fixes old problems, creates new opportunities)

I’m still undecided, but leaning toward “yes.”

– Steve Patterson

 

Poll: Support 3/16th Cent Sales Tax For Arch Grounds & City/County Parks?

Concept drawing at Arch grounds
Concept drawing of changes at Arch grounds

In two weeks voters in St. Louis City & St. Louis County will be asked to approve a 3/16th of a cent sales tax. The ballot language reads:

For the purpose of increasing safety, security, and public accessibility for the Gateway Arch grounds and local, county, and regional parks and trails for families and disabled and elderly visitors, and for providing expanded activities and improvements of such areas, shall St. Louis County join such other of St. Charles County and the City of St. Louis to impose a three sixteenths (3/16) of one cent sales tax in addition to the existing one-tenth (1/10) of one cent sales tax applied to such purposes, with sixty percent of the revenues derived from the added tax allocated to the Metropolitan Park and Recreation District for Gateway Arch grounds and other regional park and trail improvements, and the remaining forty percent allocated to St. Louis County for local and county park improvements as authorized by the County Council of St. Louis County, with such tax not to include the sale of food and prescription drugs and to be subject to an independent annual public audit? (source

Originally the tax proposal was also supposed to be on the St. Charles County ballot but they didn’t add it. The measure must pass in both St. Louis County and St. Louis City to take affect. For more information on Prop P see yesonpropp.com.

For the poll this week I’d like to see how readers feel about this proposed tax increase. The poll, as always, is in the right sidebar.

— Steve Patterson

 

Parks Beautiful in Winter

March 2, 2013 Featured, Parks 3 Comments

Everyone loves our parks on perfect summer days but even in the winter they can be a place of beauty.

ABOVE: Sunset last week as seen from the Boathouse's enclosed patio
ABOVE: Sunset last week as seen from the Forest Park Boathouse’s enclosed patio

Which of our 100+ parks is your favorite in winter?

— Steve Patterson

 

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