The Mayor's Blog
The City of St. Louis sends fifty or so plow trucks out before, during, and after winter storms to clear major streets, commercial districts, hospitals, fire houses, transit stops, well-traveled dangerous spots, and - in later passes – secondary streets. They do not generally plow residential and tertiary roads – as you know, if you live on one. Unless there is a particularly hazardous condition or an extended streak of cold, we let the... Read More
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Just months after his release from a South African prison in 1990 after 27 years of confinement, Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, took a tour of the United States. It included a visit to Detroit.
There's a famous and deeply moving photograph taken at the Detroit airport soon after the couple had disembarked from their plane. Mandela is shown embracing an older woman, a former seamstress. Her... Read More
Boeing is asking for proposals for a new home to build its 777x passenger aircraft. This is a huge opportunity to create construction jobs building the new facilities, thousands of good manufacturing jobs, chances for small businesses to supply Boeing, solidify Boeing's presence in St. Louis, and generate new tax revenues for state and local governments.
Missouri is bidding on the entire operation. But, it could get a portion of it. Depending... Read More
Kim Slay and I send our warmest holiday wishes to St. Louisans, wherever you are.
In many St. Louis households tomorrow, the turkey will share space with the menorah. That’s because for the first time in more than 100 years, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall together. That is a rare and wonderful thing. It won’t happen again for 70,000 years, I’m told.
The celebration of both holidays centers on... Read More
Quick reflexes by the City’s public safety and infrastructure crews meant faster responses to the damage cause by yesterday’s winds and rain.
No one was reported hurt. Damage was relatively localized. The Citizens Service Bureau is still toting up the calls, but most of the true emergencies have been addressed.
Starting Tuesday, November 19, 2013, City residents can call the Forestry Division at 314-613-7200 to request tree branch removal.... Read More
I am absolutely NOT concerned about it.
It isn’t that bad a list to be on. I think that any Frenchman discouraged from visiting New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago or St. Louis because of the so-called warnings will have a much duller trip.
I do think every traveler should be aware of his surroundings – whether in New York or St. Louis or Paris.
Since it lumps the city... Read More
Everywhere I go, people are talking about the momentum in this region.
A big reason for that is our work to foster and encourage small business growth.
We began as a city of small businesses. During much our history, those businesses were our life’s blood. Large companies only came later as businesses and specialties consolidated.
If you have followed the economic news over the past several years, you know that we... Read More
I support the preservation and productive re-use of the Shenandoah and Mann school buildings.
Locally important and historic buildings are civic assets. As the owner and steward of these buildings and as the agent for the taxpayers of our City, I believe the St. Louis Public School district has among its responsibilities the task of doing everything it can to preserve them, use them if it can, and put them in the hands... Read More
We are fortunate to have the passion, talent and dedication of the Unlimited Play team coming to the City of St. Louis.
O’Fallon Park and Wilmore Park will be the next two parks to get makeovers to make them better suited for all kids and their families.
Play is a critical part of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of every child. But, the reality is, traditional playgrounds are... Read More
On Monday, the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit will consider adding a gun docket. I have spoken and written about it – to you and to them – several times before.
This is a Q&A that includes the final objections some judges have raised – and my answers.
The gun docket idea is not proven, so let’s not try it.
There’s nothing experimental and unproven about... Read More