Reading: Urban Street Stormwater Guide by the National Association of City Transportation Officials

 

 Though I receive a lot of new books, it’s rare to see a technical best practices manual — plus hardcover with tons of full-color photos and illustrations. But last month I received just such a book. Though not a compelling novel for the nightstand, Urban Street Stormwater Guide is very intriguing …

Opinion: Razing Vacant Buildings A Short-Term Strategy With Negative Long-Term Consequences

 

 Razing buildings might seem like the answer, but the unintended consequences shouldn’t be overlooked.Sure, no vacant building but then you’ve got a vacant lot unlikely to be developed. Dumping, high weeds, etc are all nuisances that can happen at vacant lots. While rehabbing an old building is more expensice than …

Pine @ Tucker Treated Different Than Locust @ Tucker

 

 In April I wrote how some drivers get confused on one-way Locust approaching Tucker — some turn left from either lane because it’s not properly marked. Two blocks directly South, on Tine St, is the identical situation but properly marked.  Pine is also a 2-lane street one-way Westbound.  But the city …

Sunday Poll: Would Tearing Down Vacant Buildings More Quickly Help St. Louis?

 

 Vacant buildings are often in the news in St. Louis, here’s two recent examples. June 2017: Forum addresses dangers of St. Louis city’s abandoned buildings July 2017; Tests confirm presence of asbestos in Clemens House fire debris The morning the historic James Clemens house burned two other vacant properties also had fires. …

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/19/2017 (#35-#36), Update On Board Bill #34 From Prior Week

May 19, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/19/2017 (#35-#36), Update On Board Bill #34 From Prior Week
 
St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following two (2) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today:

  • B.B.#35 – Vaccaro – An ordinance protecting victims of automobile theft from paying storing, towing and administrative fees directly related to recovery of a stolen automobile by amending Ordinance 64668, approved June 11, 1999 and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#36 – Vaccaro – An ordinance mandating that the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall cause the construction of four well?lit basketball courts in Forest Park by October 1, 2017.

As of 5:30am the pages with the full bill language are not posted online, I’ll update this post once these are available. [UPDATED @10AM]

Today’s agenda can be viewed here. The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here.

An update on last week’s meeting. Just before 7am on Thursday May 11th I downloaded the Week #4 agenda (view on Scribd). I then copied and pasted the list of new bills (#25-#34) into the post for the next morning. That night I updated the post with links to the bill pages. The Week 4 agenda currently posted online (Scribd) doesn’t include Bill #34 — 25 through 33 all match The video of the meeting shows no #34 was introduced — BB#33 was introduced at 28:53 in the video. However, a Board Bill #34 creating a buffer zone at abortion clinics is listed, though it shows no legislative action taken. Perhaps #34 will be formally introduced at a later date? I’ve downloaded copies in case it disappears.

— Steve Patterson

Readers: Lawsuit Against NFL Won’t Be Successful

May 17, 2017 Featured, STL Region Comments Off on Readers: Lawsuit Against NFL Won’t Be Successful
 
In 2012 the Rams proposed expanding the EJD across Broadway and Baer Plaza

On Friday we learned about the legal team coming to St. Louis to defend the NFL & Rams against the lawsuit filed by St. Louis:

To no one’s surprise, the NFL is sending in its “A-team” in the St. Louis breach of contract lawsuit over the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles.

The Washington-based law firm of Covington & Burling will represent the NFL and 31 of its 32 teams, according to court records and sources familiar with the case.

The exception is the Rams, who are represented by Kirkland & Ellis, also a nationally prominent law firm but headquartered in Chicago.

 

Also representing the NFL and the 31 other teams locally is Jerry Carmody of Clayton-based Carmody MacDonald. (Post-Dispatch)

The case is filed in St. Louis Circuit Court (22nd): 1722-CC00976 – STL REGIONAL CONV ET AL V NATL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ET.  (find on CaseNet)

In the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll a slim majority of those who voted don’t think the lawsuit will be successful.

Q:  Agree or disagree: St. Louis’ lawsuit against the Rams/NFL will recoup millions spent trying to keep the team here.

  • Strongly agree 9 [16.67%]
  • Agree 5 [9.26%]
  • Somewhat agree 7 [12.96%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 3 [5.56%]
  • Somewhat disagree 1 [1.85%]
  • Disagree 8 [14.81%]
  • Strongly disagree 20 [37.04%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 1 [1.85%]

The home field advantage for the plaintiffs certainly helps, but the local jurors will need to be convinced. I’m not going to say either way because it is hard to predict outcomes of lawsuits. I’m tracking the case through CaseNet — the jury trial is currently scheduled to start at 9am on Monday October 2, 2017. The case is currently assigned to Judge Michael K Mullen.

I hope they’re successful, but I can’t help but think of Metro’s 2007 court loss.  Not an apples to apples comparison — but it comes to mind as an embarrassing loss.

— Steve Patterson

Remembering The Old Kiener Plaza

May 15, 2017 Downtown, Featured, History/Preservation, Parks Comments Off on Remembering The Old Kiener Plaza
 

The ribbon will be cut on the new Kiener Plaza at noon on Friday, May 19, 2017. Kiener Plaza is a 2-block urban park, part of the Gateway Mall, bounded by Broadway (5th) on the East, Market on the South, 7th on the West, and Chestnut on the North.

Originally Kiener Plaza was just one block — Broadway to 6th. The 2nd block was added in the 80s with the Morton May Amphitheater replacing a surface parking lot on the West block.  Sixth Street was closed between Chestnut and Market — just one block. This forced the one-way Southbound traffic on 6th to turn onto one-way Eastbound Chestnut.

The land outlined in white is privately owned. Source: GEO St. Louis

I went through my photos of Kiener Plaza — I’d used a few on the blog before, but added 20+ to this post.

The two blocks were never a cohesive design, from different decades. The new design starts from a clean slate, we’ll see Friday how well it turned out.   See cityarchriver.org/visit/kiener for more information on Friday & Saturday’s activities.

A week from today I’ll have my thoughts on the new Kiener Plaza.

— Steve Patterson

 

Sunday Poll: Will St. Louis’ Lawsuit Against The Rams/NFL Be Successful?

May 14, 2017 Featured Comments Off on Sunday Poll: Will St. Louis’ Lawsuit Against The Rams/NFL Be Successful?
 
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It has been over a year since the Rams returned to Los Angeles after a costly failed attempt to keep them in St. Louis.Last month a lawsuit was filed relating to the effort to keep the NFL team here:

The relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles has left many fans in St. Louis angered and disillusioned. Some of them are convinced that the team’s owner, Stan Kroenke, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dishonestly conspired to sell out the Gateway City for the riches and glamour of Los Angeles. This anger has sparked the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) to sue the NFL and all of its teams. The lawsuit, which was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court on Wednesday, alleges that the NFL and its teams breached their own contractual commitments in how they assessed relocation plans. In doing so, the plaintiffs insist, the NFL defrauded the city and the RSA of over $100 million.

To be clear, the plaintiffs, who are represented by attorneys Robert Blitz and James Bennett, do not demand the return of the Rams to St. Louis. As has been shown in other franchise relocations, once a team leaves, it’s gone.
 
Instead, the city and RSA request that the court award them disgorgement of NFL profits that have been generated by the relocation and impose unspecified punitive damages as well. In other words, St. Louis wants the many millions of dollars that the NFL has gained from relocating the Rams to L.A., plus other money to reflect a stiff punishment for team and league officials allegedly behaving as frauds. (Sports Illustrated)

This is the subject of today’s poll:

This poll will close at 8pm.

— Steve Patterson

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/12/2017 (#25-#34)

May 12, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/12/2017 (#25-#34)
 
St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following ten (10) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today:

  • B.B.#25 – Ingrassia – An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 2076 at 2801 & 2803 Magnolia, from “J” Industrial District to the “F” Neighborhood Commercial District; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#26 – Ingrassia –An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 2076 at 2809 & 2811-13 Magnolia, from “J” Industrial District to the “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling District; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#27 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the “Enterprise Leasing Company, Lease Agreement AL?045 between the City and Enterprise Leasing Company, granting to the Lessee, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Lease Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Leased Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Lease Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#28 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the Common Use Airport Club Concession Agreement AL?048 between the City and Airport Terminal Services, d/b/a Wingtips, granting to Concessionaire, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#29 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren? Missouri Lease Agreement AL?044 between the City and Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren?Missouri, granting to the Lessee, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Lease Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Lease Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#30 – Moore –An Ordinance establishing a three?way stop site at the intersection of Taylor and Kennerly by regulating all northeast? bound and southwest?bound traffic traveling on Taylor at Kennerly and regulating all northwest?bound traffic traveling on Kennerly at Taylor, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#31 – Vaccaro/Howard/Flowers/Coatar/Conway/Williamson/ Vollmer/Boyd/Cohn/Ogilvie/Guenther –An Ordinance enabling the City, to join the Missouri Clean Energy District pursuant to the Property Assessment Clean Energy Act, Sections 67.280 to 67.2835, inclusive, RSMo, in order to provide an additional authorized entity through which owners of property within the City may obtain financings for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy improvements to their property; stating the terms under which the City will conduct activities as a member of such District; prescribing the form and details thereof; authorizing certain actions by City officials; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#32 – Roddy –An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate above surface, surface and sub? surface rights for travel in an irregular width section of the east/west alley in City Block 3965 beginning west of Sarah and continuing westwardly 191.41 feet to a point and being bounded by Papin, Sarah, Chouteau and Talmage.
  • B.B.#33 – Spencer –Ordinance establishing a two?way stop site at the intersection of Chippewa and Marine by regulating all eastbound traffic traveling on Chippewa at Marine and regulating all northbound traffic traveling on Marine at Chippewa, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#34 – Arnowitz –An Ordinance recommended by the Utilities Committee on May 10, 2017, to support the Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Investment Act, or similar legislation which acknowledges that the electric grid is the backbone of Missouri’s economy and updates to 100 year old policies are needed to spur economic development and support the state’s electric investor?owned utilities in building a smarter, stronger energy grid for Missouri consumers. [UPDATE 5/18/17 @ 9:11am: This bill appeared on the agenda downloaded at 6:49am on 5/11/17, but was removed in a later version. No BB34 was introduced, see video. But a #34 is listed online.

Today’s agenda can be viewed here. The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here.

— Steve Patterson

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