Readers Split On Restriction Of Police Tactics

 

 Following protests earlier this year, the ACLU sued the St. Louis Police over their tactics.  Last week came a ruling: U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry’s order says that police can’t declare an “unlawful assembly” and enforce it against those “engaged in expressive activity, unless the persons are acting in concert …

Reading: The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval

 

 Communities must remain resilient to weather change, a recent book explores this issue: The sustainability challenges of yesterday have become today’s resilience crises. National and global efforts have failed to stop climate change, transition from fossil fuels, and reduce inequality. We must now confront these and other increasingly complex problems by …

Sunday Poll: Should St. Louis Police Be Able To Declare Protests Are “Unlawful Assembly”?

 

 Last week a judge put limits on the St. Louis {P;oce: U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry’s order says that police can’t declare an “unlawful assembly” and enforce it against those “engaged in expressive activity, unless the persons are acting in concert to pose an imminent threat to use force or violence or …

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 24 of 2017-2018 Session

 

 The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 24th week of the 2017-2018 session. No new bills were introduced last week. THIRTEEN (13) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/17/17: *Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, …

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‘The Walk’ Two Decades Later

September 11, 2017 Downtown, Featured Comments Off on ‘The Walk’ Two Decades Later
 
The 20th anniversary Walk will begin Thursday 9/14 on the SW corner of 8th & Pine.

Twenty years ago today a small group of fellow Gen-Xers gathered in a pretty dead downtown St. Louis. Their goal was simple — keep businesses open later than 5pm.  Thursday they’ll meet up again, from the event page:

On Thursday, Sept. 11, 1997 a few fine folks came together and walked to a few bars in downtown St. Louis with the simple premise of trying to keep downtown St. Louis alive after 5, one bar at a time. The Walk, as it quickly came to be known was the staple, weekly event for Metropolis St. Louis for a number of years. Many memories and lasting friendships (and more) were formed. Some even credit Metropolis with kickstarting the revitalization of downtown into what it has become today!

Somehow 20 years have flown by. And we’re here to celebrate that with another Walk.

We will meet and be prepared to leave the starting point of 8th and Pine at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 (read: be ready to head out at 6:30) and walk to three locations — four if you’re adventerous. If you’re driving, you might want to park around the 10th & Olive area.

Since technology has advanced just a wee bit since back in the day, there will be no Walk phone. Join us at 8th & Pine or catch up at one of the following places:

6:45 – Jack Patricks
7:45 – Hair of the Dog
8:45 – Missouri Bar & Grille
9:45 – ….We’ll tell you later, but promise it will be fun!

In the meantime get prepped to hear “WE’RE WALKING!” on Sept. 14.

The City is back. Back the City.

While I participated in The Walk a number of times back in the day, I don’t think I was present on the first. I was not a leader in Metropolis, but did participate at times. I was 30 when the first The Walk took place, I’d bought a 2-family in Dutchtown 3 years earlier, living previously in Murphy-Blair (now recognized as Old North St. Louis). Downtown was nothing really, though I moved here 27+ years ago I have few memories of downtown in the 90s.

The lsat Walk I participated in was in early 2006 in the Ville, see Metropolis’ Walk Heading To The Ville.

— Steve Patterson

Sunday Poll: Would Razing An Existing Area Be Worthwhile To Get Amazon’s Second Headquarters?

September 10, 2017 Featured, Sunday Poll Comments Off on Sunday Poll: Would Razing An Existing Area Be Worthwhile To Get Amazon’s Second Headquarters?
 
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On Thursday Amazon announced it wants to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America:

About 40,000 Amazonians work across 8.1 million square feet of office space in the company’s sprawling Seattle campus, and Amazon is on track to grow that physical footprint by half in the next five years.

The public search for a new headquarters will likely spark a bidding war among states and cities eager for a piece of one of America’s fastest-growing companies.

An eight-page request for proposal Amazon posted online Thursday said incentives offered to offset building and operating costs “will be significant factors in the decision-making process.” (Seattle Times)

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson mentioned it at a speaking engagement that morning:

“We’re all abuzz this morning about Amazon’s announcement,” said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

The mayor was speaking at the Governor’s Economic Development conference in downtown St. Louis on Thursday morning,

Krewson said the city is “putting together a team right now to make a very competitive” proposal.

Cities have until next month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year. It gave few hints about where it would land, but did say it is looking at metropolitan areas with populations of more than a million that have the potential to attract top technical talent. (Post-Dispatch)

Amazon says the location doesn’t need to be contiguous, but the various sites “should be in proximity to each other to foster a sense of place and be pedestrian-friendly.” A greenfield site site would need to be about 100 acres — the size of the new NGA site.  I don’t know what existing site(s) we have in the St. Louis region that qualify. Today’s poll assumes some demolition would be necessary at some point.

This poll will close at 8pm tonight, results and my thoughts on Wednesday.

— Steve Patterson

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bill #100-121

September 8, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bill #100-121
 
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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen return from their Summer break today. The last meeting, on July 14th, only had one bill on the agenda published the day before. Turns out three bills were introduced that day. So here’s the two I missed on 7/14/17:

Board Bill No. 100 | Redevelopment plan for 5219 Daggett

BOARD BILL NO. 100 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN VOLLMER An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 5219 Daggett Ave. Area (“Area”) after finding that the Area is blighted as defined in Section 99.320 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 2000, as amended, (the “Statute” being Sections 99.300 to 99.715 inclusive), containing a description of the boundaries of said Area in the City of St. Louis (“City”), attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A”, finding that redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Area is in the interest of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people of the City; approving the Plan dated May 25, 2017 for the Area (“Plan”), incorporated herein by attached Exhibit “B”, pursuant to Section 99.430; finding that there is a feasible financial plan for the development of the Area which affords maximum opportunity for development of the Area by private enterprise; finding that no property in the Area may be acquired by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis (“LCRA”) through the exercise of eminent domain; finding that the property within the Area is unoccupied, but if it should become occupied the Redeveloper shall be responsible for relocating any eligible occupants displaced as a result of implementation of the Plan; finding that financial aid may be necessary to enable the Area to be redeveloped in accordance with the Plan; finding that there shall be available ten (10) year real estate tax abatement with five (5) years of payments in lieu of taxes or up to five (5) years real estate tax abatement; and pledging cooperation of the Board of Aldermen and requesting various officials, departments, boards and agencies of the City to cooperate and to exercise their respective powers in a manner consistent with the Plan.

Board Bill No. 101 | Redevelopment plan for 3172 Morganford

BOARD BILL NO. 101 INTRODUCED BY ALD. MEGAN GREEN An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 3172 Morgan Ford Rd. (“Area”) after finding that the Area is blighted as defined in Section 99.320 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, 2000, as amended, (the “Statute” being Sections 99.300 to 99.715 inclusive), containing a description of the boundaries of said Area in the City of St. Louis (“City”), attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit “A”, finding that redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Area is in the interest of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people of the City; approving the Plan dated May 25, 2017 for the Area (“Plan”), incorporated herein by attached Exhibit “B”, pursuant to Section 99.430; finding that there is a feasible financial plan for the development of the Area which affords maximum opportunity for development of the Area by private enterprise; finding that no property in the Area may be acquired by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Louis (“LCRA”) through the exercise of eminent domain; finding that the property within the Area is unoccupied, but if it should become occupied the Redeveloper shall be responsible for relocating any eligible occupants displaced as a result of implementation of the Plan; finding that financial aid may be necessary to enable the Area to be redeveloped in accordance with the Plan; finding that there shall be available ten (10) year real estate tax abatement; and pledging cooperation of the Board of Aldermen and requesting various officials, departments, boards and agencies of the City to cooperate and to exercise their respective powers in a manner consistent with the Plan.

ON AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 9/8/17:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am: UPDATED 9/14/17 @10:45AM with links to Board Bills.

  • B.B.#102 – 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 on behalf of the City the Trans States Holdings, Inc. Airport Office Building Lease Agreement AL?055 between the City and Trans States Holdings, Inc., granting to the Lessee, 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 Lease Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission and is attached hereto as ATTACHMENT “1” and made a part hereof, and its terms are more fully described in Section One of this Ordinance; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#103 – Kennedy – An Ordinance to change the zoning of property in City Block 2513, from “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling District to the “G” Local Commercial and Office District, at 3866?68 Windsor Place; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#104 – Pres. Reed – An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission to change the zoning of property in City Block 1228.18, from “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling and “J” Industrial District to the “J” Industrial District, at 4115 N. Broadway and 815 & 187 Angelica Street; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#105 – Ingrassia – An Ordinance to change the zoning of property in City Block 929 at 2647?49 & 2651?53 Locust, from “J” Industrial District to the “H” Area Commercial District; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#106 – Hubbard/Bosley –An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Blocks 1078, 1079, 1080, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1092, 1093, 1094, 1095, 2314, 2315, 2316, 2317, 2318, 2319, 2324, 2325, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2329, 2345, 2356 and 2347, from “A” Single?Family Dwelling District, “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling District, “D” Multiple?Family Dwelling District, “F” Neighborhood Commercial District, “G” Local Commercial and Office District and “J” Industrial District to “H” Area Commercial District only, at 2200?50, 2201?49, 2303?37, 2346?50, 2500?48 and 2501?47 Benton, 2201?47, 2301?23, 2401?23 and 2501?29 Cass, 1516?30 and 1800?12 No. Jefferson, 2200?48, 2201?41, 2300?48, 2301?51, 2500?30 and 2501?49 Madison, 2201?33, 2301?39, 2500?30 and 2501?55 Maiden, 2201?49, 2214?46, 2300?48, 2301?43 and 2500?44 Montgomery, 2200?18, 2201?37, 2300?64, 2305?49, 2500?14, and 2507?37 Mullanphy, 2200?48, 2201?51, 2300?48, 2301?49, 2500?54 and 2501?51 North Market, 1505?07, 1827?31 and 2407?11 and 2611?19 No. 22nd St., 1617, 1618, 1804, 1814?24, 2517?25 and 2609? 11 No. 23rd, 1514?20, 1700?02 and 2701 No. 25th St, and 2200?46, 2205?51, 2301?47, 2308?26, 2500?48 and 2501?45 Warren; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#107 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment that provides for financial incentives for air service at St. Louis Lambert International Airport; determines and finds that it is in the best interests of The City, the Airport, and the traveling public to encourage service at the Airport by new passenger and cargo airlines and to stimulate service by airlines currently using the Airport by the adoption of programs providing for financial incentives for new airlines or new air service at the Airport; adopts an Air Service Incentive Program, for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2020; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#108 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, making certain findings with respect to the transfer of One Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars of excess moneys that The City, the owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, intends to transfer from the “Airport Development Fund” into the “Airport Contingency Fund” in accordance with Section 509.F of the Airport Amended and Restated Indenture of Trust between the City, as Grantor, and UMB Bank, N.A., as Trustee; authorizing transfers in the total amount of One Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars from the Airport Development Fund into the Airport Contingency Fund; further authorizing transfers of funds in the total amount not to exceed One Million Six Hundred Dollars from the Airport Contingency Fund to the Airport Revenue Fund as are required for the purposes of making funds available in part for the estimated costs of the Airport’s Air Service Incentive Program for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2020, which total estimated costs may not exceed Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars, and providing for supplemental transfers from the Airport Development Fund to the Airport Contingency Fund and then into the Airport Revenue Fund; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#109 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission, the Board of Public Service, and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, establishing and authorizing a multi? year public work and improvement program at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, providing for and consisting of capital improvement projects, implementation, administration, management or monitoring of the Airport Projects at a total estimated cost of One Hundred Ten Million Dollars; authorizing an initial appropriation in the total amount of Seventy Nine Million Ten Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Four Dollars as follows: a) Five Million Eight Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Dollars from the Airport Development Fund, b) Fifteen Million One Hundred Twenty Two Thousand Nine Hundred Forty Six Dollars from the Passenger Facility Charge Fund, c) Thirty One Million Four Hundred Two Thousand One Hundred Thirty Four Dollars from the Series 2017C Construction Sub?Account, d) Twenty Six Million Five Hundred Ninety Eight Thousand One Hundred Thirty Four Dollars from the Series 2017D Construction Sub?Account, into this Ordinance for the payment of costs for work and services authorized herein and providing for the receipt of supplemental appropriations when authorized by ordinance into this Ordinance as funds become available to continue the Airport Projects; authorizing the Mayor and the Comptroller of the to enter into and execute on behalf of the City easement agreements granting such easements or right?of?ways as may be necessary to the administration or implementation of the Airport Projects; containing a severability and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#110 – Davis –An ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller, the owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, to accept a Supplemental Agreement to Airport Aid Agreement offered by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the marketing and promotion of air service at the Airport for a maximum obligation of Five Hundred Ninety Two Thousand Dollars for the reimbursement of direct costs associated with the projects funded under the Grant Agreement which extends the time period of the Supplemental Agreement for three months, from June 30, 2016 up to and including September 30, 2016; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#111 – Davis –An ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller, the owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, to accept and execute on behalf of the City a certain Airport Aid Agreement offered by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (the “Grant Agreement”) for the marketing and promotion of air service at the Airport for a maximum obligation of Three Hundred Seventy?Five Thousand ($375,000) for the reimbursement of direct costs associated with the projects funded under the Grant Agreement; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#112 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller to enter into and execute on behalf of the City the First Amendment to Wifi and Distributed Antenna System Operating Agreement AL?263 (“First Amendment”) to the St. Louis Lambert International AirportTM Wifi and Distributed Antenna System Operating Agreement AL?263, between the City and Concourse Communications Group, LLC, a Limited Liability Company organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and authorized by City Ordinance 69919; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#113 – Arnowitz –Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary street name, S. Sgt. Ron Bozikis, U.S. Army (Green Beret) Street will begin at the intersection of Livingston Drive and Fillmore Street and run northwest on Fillmore Street to Coronado Avenue.
  • B.B.#114 – Pres. Reed/Vaccaro –An ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 105.483 (11) RSMo., reaffirming the provisions of Ordinances 62391, 66691, 67617, 68409, 68934, establishing a policy for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for certain municipal officials, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#115 – Williamson –An Ordinance renaming the City park in the 26th Ward known as Parkland Park, the new name of said park to be Frank Williamson Sr. Park, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#116 – Arnowitz – An Ordinance approving a redevelopment plan for 3830 and 3831 Boulevard Heights Ct.
  • B.B.#117 – Green/Ingrassia –An ordinance relating to public safety; imposing, subject to the approval of the voters, a temporary payroll tax at a rate of one half of one percent on the income of each individual employed in the City of St. Louis by a for?profit business organization, whether foreign or domestic, employing fifty or more persons regardless of the location of said persons’ place of employment, and any organization which is recognized as tax? exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, whether foreign or domestic, employing two?hundred and fifty or more persons regardless of the location of said persons’ place of employment, solely for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the department of public safety, including police and fire divisions; submitting to the qualified voters of the City a proposal to impose such tax; providing for an election and the manner of voting thereat; providing that if such question shall receive the votes of a majority of the voters voting thereon that such tax shall be authorized and in effect; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#118 – Roddy –An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate travel in irregular shaped portion of Chouteau adjacent to 4001?07 Chouteau in City Block 3957 beginning at Sarah and extending eastwardly 152.04′ ± 82.0′ to a point in the City.
  • B.B.#119 – Muhammad –An ordinance approving the allocation of $215,000.00 from the City Emergency Management Fund Agency (CEMA) for workforce development and employment to out?of?work residents in the City of St. Louis.
  • B.B.#120 – Boyd –An Ordinance requiring public utilities to replace sidewalk squares consistent with the color, texture, and spacing of expansion joints of adjacent sidewalk squares or, if any adjacent sidewalk square is inconsistent as to its color, texture, and spacing of its expansion joints with that of the majority of sidewalk squares on the block, the majority of sidewalk squares on the block.
  • B.B.#121 – Green –An Ordinance establishing a four?way stop site at the intersection of Hartford Street and Morgan Ford Road regulating all northbound and southbound traffic traveling on Morgan Ford Road at Hartford Street and regulating all eastbound and westbound traffic traveling on Hartford Street at Morgan Ford Road, and containing an emergency clause.

The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

Readers: Arch Grounds Best Venue For Fair St. Louis

September 6, 2017 Featured Comments Off on Readers: Arch Grounds Best Venue For Fair St. Louis
 

After four years in Forest Park, Fair St. Louis will return to the Arch grounds in July 2018. The temporary relocation was due to the reconstruction of the grounds as part of the CityArchRiver project.

Four ramps now connect the top of the Arch ground to the riverfront below

More than half of those who voted in the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll think the Arch grounds is the better venue. I agree.

Q: Agree or disagree: Forest Park is a better location than the Arch grounds for Fair St. Louis (aka VP Fair)

  • Strongly agree 1 [2.5%]
  • Agree 6 [15%]
  • Somewhat agree 4 [10%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 2 [5%]
  • Somewhat disagree 3 [7.5%]
  • Disagree 8 [20%]
  • Strongly disagree 13 [32.5%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 3 [7.5%]

I look forward to having the fireworks back at the riverfront. Will be interesting to see how the new Arch grounds does with such a large event.

— Steve Patterson

Happy Labor Day

September 4, 2017 Featured, Missouri, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Happy Labor Day
 
Labor Day Parade in downtown St. Louis, 2009

Missouri is book-ended on eat side by blue-ish cities: Kansas City on the West and St. Louis on the East. In between is a lot of red. Wages & labor, among many others, are areas where the differences clash.  Though the GOP controls Jefferson City the people are fighting back.

From last month:

With the submission of more than 300,000 signatures Friday, Missouri’s right-to-work law won’t go into effect Aug. 28 and its fate likely will be put to voters in 2018.

 The law is suspended, Secretary of State spokeswoman Maura Browning told St. Louis Public Radio. The office still needs to verify that at least 100,000 of the signatures are from registered voters — the minimum to force a statewide vote in November 2018. (St. Louis Public Radio)

If the signatures are conformed, this gives lots of time to mount a campaign to override the legislature on unions. St. Louis’ higher minimum wage has been rolled back by the state GOP, but again efforts are underway to change that as well:

In Missouri, advocates of a higher minimum wage are already mobilizing a new statewide campaign to get a minimum wage measure on the November 2018 ballot. If organizers with the “Raise Up Missouri” campaign gather enough signatures and voters approve it next year, Missouri’s minimum wage would go up to $8.60 in 2019 and increase 85 cents each year until 2023, when it would hit $12 an hour.

Jake Rosenfeld, a sociology professor at Washington University who studies labor and inequality, points to the successful 2014 statewide measure raising Arkansas’ minimum wage as an example of the issue’s resonance beyond a liberal base. (Post-Dispatch)

Arkansas is just as backwards as Missouri, perhaps more. So if they can increase their statewide minimum wage we should too.

Have a great Labor Day today.

— Steve Patterson

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