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RFT Names Urban Review – St. Louis “Best Civic-Minded Blog”

September 28, 2005 Books 9 Comments

Thank you! The editors of the Riverfront Times have named Urban Review – St. Louis the “Best Civic-Minded Blog:”

Steve Patterson bills his Urban Review-St. Louis as “an urbanist’s critique on the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis region.” Yeah, everybody’s a critic, but Patterson’s got cred. He was a design-build designer who became a city real estate agent; he knows the built environment, he knows the neighborhoods. While the rest of us bitch about what developers and regulatory boards do, he actually attends the meetings, contributes his thoughts and opinions. And he always puts his mouth and money together: He ran for alderman of the 25th Ward, and he’s a passionate cyclist (use the blog’s search engine to piece together The Bike Rack Rants) who became a certified bike-safety instructor. Patterson goes everywhere, investigates everything and imparts important information clearly. He’s a pragmatic optimist pushing for St. Louis even when it pushes itself into the ground. We care more when we know more, and Urban Review-St. Louis has our back.

November will mark the one year anniversary since I started blogging. I’ve really enjoyed going to meetings, meeting readers and sharing my thoughts on the built environment. The rise in the number of blogs on the city and architecture is inspiring. More and more people are talking about what makes a city a great place to live and that is a good thing!

The “Best Of” issue is on news stands and can be seen online here.

– Steve


Currently there are "9 comments" on this Article:

  1. dylan says:

    hellz yeah! congrats steve!!

  2. Brent says:

    Good job. It’s a well-deserved award.

  3. tom says:

    Way to go Steve!!

  4. Michael says:

    I have long been pissed off at the RFT for, among many reasons, never featuring your ‘blog in its “Local Blog O’ The Week” column or whatever those guys call it. Instead, they have featured many inferior personal blogs that have some shock value intheir content. Yet now they have done better. Who would have thought?

  5. Scott says:

    Congrats! You deserve the notice. St. Louis is lucky to have you.

  6. Richard Kenney says:

    Oh, I’m so proud! And to think I knew you when you got your start as the “Reigning Bitch of Norman Oklahoma” (a title that I believe you never gave up, since you refused to relinquish the crown).

  7. Matt M. says:

    Congrats, Steve. Considering the RFT is St. Louis’s most witty and entertaining local “news” publication, this is a great honor. Some of their awards are very tongue-in-cheek, but it looks like you received some genuine praise there. Keep up the good work!

  8. Brian says:

    I remember around 2000 when the RFT named Tom Curran the region’s best bureaucrat, then too a good pick. Still, to be a civic watchdog on the outside really deserves even higher recognition. Congrats!

  9. awb says:

    Well done, Steve.

    And congrats to RFT for publishing the well-deserved recognition.

    I have my beefs with the RFT, but it’s not much worse than our other Local St. Louis news sources–so I still read it.

    The review is so well-written, that I would start to read your ‘blog had I not known about it already.


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