A review of 2005
A review of 2005
A review of 2005
A review of 2005
Time to book the music
Sorting cards, reading notes
I’ve enjoyed the Kids since they arrived on the site
The angels had it right
What’s happening at Metro? It’s time to find out
A stylish snowman and an incipient snowball fight
Here’s what we want
Changing the law isn’t going to be enough
I can think of 3 right now
Not in a residential nabe
A promise and some young eyes
Picking the leaders
Does an arbitrary line make a city safer?
We’ll do more. The suburbs should do a lot more
Got a mayor’s ear
Establishing the baseline
Calling the wrong person
Here’s what the Commission decided
This needs to be fixed
Salisbury Park is a new mixed-use development in north St. Louis
Who hasn’t noticed their work?
A valuable tool for development
Do you have a love story?
Cartoonist Steve Edwards reminds us
The City’s population continues to grow
Don Breckenridge has passed away after a long illness.
SLDC’s Pat Bannister is an urban gardener: he grows jobs
They call their group, Advocates for Kids
Going through my paperwork
What to give the urbanist on your holiday list?
There are many issues. Let’s hear all of them
To MoDOT: Take the time to plan traffic management for the project before you bid it
What’s in a name?
Carole Moody announced her retirement. CVC will search for a replacement
Broken street light? Martians living next door?
How tough are your choices?
Another report from the City’s war on lead
Lawsuits threaten our names?
A riverfront that rocks will need plenty of ideas
A good hotel needs a little faith and time
My hockey goals
Distraught should not mean distracted
Here’s why a blanket policy won’t work
Two new TIF projects will get public hearings
Update from Lambert Airport
Competition leads to competition
Fire, ice, whatever
Chicken, beef, and about 100 awards.
Pointed fingers make lousy bridges
Glad to get it. Far to go.
A quick read of the new BLR survey: Dr. Creg Williams is right. Things need to be different.
Attach a thermometer to your good intentions
What’s on your Favorites list?
The list of partners making St. Louis lead-safe is large. It could be even bigger.
More data in my in-box
Want to do something with Market St.?
Sound of change might be loud
This is a City for everyone
Prepping for the annual Biz Luncheon
We have a chance to honor a great person
Summer Jobs and WIA need Congressional action
Proposition 1 is timely and important
I’m glad I do it
Boston would not be my model for race relations
A group of outstate legislators has proposed a ban on eminent domain
Ask, and you’ll (sometimes) find out
Median temperatures make me wonder
If you read enough reports, you’ll learn all sorts of things
There’s always more to the story than you read in the newspaper.
Building a diverse professional workforce in a safe, positive environment
Most of us began the trip at Lambert
The City’s two top lawyers face tough management challenges.
Reporting in from the Leadership Trip
Are you the oldest person in the City? Do you know who is?
Target re-opening. South St. Louis rejoices.
The City and the county belong in the same boat
Updating you on Praxair.
A different All-Star Team
Why not hire real pros to run elections?
Glad to get it. Far to go.
Who’s minding our business? Ellen is.
What’s your sleep number?
Updating an earlier entry.
Our youth programs are getting noticed.
It’s worth reading closely.
We’ll keep sending Mr. Cohen those tax bills.
Issuing procs is nice; not fool-proof.
Tom Sullivan is not Metro’s only critic.
We work for you. Those who forget that do at their own peril.
Working with Macy’s.
I don’t think we’ve lost a major downtown business in the past four years.
This is a good way to think through a speech.
The good times will be rolling here next year.
CityView is one of my favorite views.
First lesson: Take Nature seriously.
Should the Welcome Center stay open?
The Bottle District is set to break ground.
A plan to expand the ZMD is a good one.
Somebody else will have to explain the other places.
A little context today.
Adding new jobs requires an attention to detail.
Not every project is appropriate for TIF. Some, though, are.
More stuff to do.
Boxing is a part of the City’s history.
I’m cheering for the Weasels.
What we tell people about our City is more persuasive than any ad campaign.
There’s always plenty of paper on my desk. Most Sundays are good days to look through the stacks.
Two items from my In Box are positive indicators for the City’s economic direction.
For St. Louisans, the best way to help is to be generous.
The City is undergoing a renaissance in large part because we are willing to hold ourselves accountable and make changes where necessary.
We’ve spoken to officials in New Orleans.
Closing a small funding gap can have big consequences.
Rumors, and rumors of rumors.
Why do I support the new bridge?
A vintage performance by Jack Danforth.
Opponents of a City/County merger have hired an expert.
Preservation Board update.
Now we know what progress looks like.
To wrap up Live on the Levee/2005, I have lots of people to thank.
Have two little houses run out of time?
The latest issue of Builders News is on my desk.
It is important to acknowledge progress — especially when the problem is so urgent.
How should we handle success?
What’s going to happen to the City’s tax rate?
Data isn’t the whole story, but it is a very important part of it.
We’re looking at some interesting new projects.
A break from my chores.
My paperwork made me hungry.
I went to NYC with Gov. Blunt, his staff, and mine. We liked Macy’s.
The NRA is coming.
Important tests, school shots, and an update on the tenant eviction law.
I opened the attachment and wondered: why is our intern in court?
Too many City offices own too much paper.
The good news is that skyrocketing property values are attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment. But, there’s bad news, too.
Shuffling through my In Box: out-state employers, protein bowls, and other items of note.
Home ownership is important. Several new developments in North St. Louis strive to make such ownership affordable.
Even though I am a recovering fast-food eater, a recent memo from Barb Geisman made me hungry.
As if the trucks, front-loaders, and cranes weren’t metrics enough, there’s plenty of other evidence that City development is still going strong.
How many grocery stores are there in St. Joe or Cape? How many movie theaters are there in Joplin or Jeff City?
Un-stalling a project is fun.
Alderman Freeman Bosley has some big plans for Hyde Park. Here’s one of them.
I’m in DC today.
Budgets are tight. Efficiencies are appreciated.
Dan Dierdorf is joining our team in a rebuilding year.
Police and their statistics are part of a bigger picture.
The AHC is going to fund $5 million of new programs next year to promote City living. Start thinking.
TR had one. So did JFK.
I was in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Charles Bryson recently sent me a note about his co-workers. He noticed something important.
I was just about to autograph this picture.
There is nothing more discouraging — or damaging — to a neighborhood than an abandoned building.
Bill Siedhoff has a tough job. He ought to get more credit for it.
The fact is that a few people in a few City neighborhoods account for much of crime reported here. Chief Mokwa knows that.
Superintendent Creg Williams has already accomplished what few in his position have done.
The HUDZ committee considered $220 million worth of new City development today. Some of these buildings had stood vacant for years.
The outcome is a foregone conclusion: May Company will be merged with Federated under the Federated banner.
A spate of injuries had hit the Fire Department. I wanted to know why and if things could be made safer.
A new grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will help train more City police officers to identify and assist citizens with mental illnesses. As usual, I expect to hear protests from some self-described advocates . . .
When the Gateway Greening folks said that flowers were an important way to win new friends for our City, they were right.
A resident and website reader wondered about train whistles. We did, too.
Kim Tucci defies Bill McClellan’s advice never to volunteer.
The Crisis Nursery is no stranger to crisis.
A story reported in Wednesday’s newspaper was inaccurate.
Oprah makes book recommendations. So do I.
Five years ago, I told city voters that I wanted to make St. Louis one of the places that other cities came to for good ideas. We’re making progress.
We will invite Downtown’s businesses, entertainment venues, residents, and other CBD stakeholders to participate in a Traffic Circulation and Access Study.
I recently presented keys to the City to four very good citizens.
The new homeless service center downtown is going to be controversial at least to some lawyers.
Groups sometimes bring food to homeless people at Lucas Park, a public park/playground adjacent to the Downtown Children’s Center. There’s a beter way.
I will be meeting with members of the St. Louis Riverfront Advisory Committee to develop a signature destination along the City’s riverfront.
Joe Edwards knows something about street life.
The average convention attendee leaves behind almost $1,000 in St. Louis. This means jobs.
When SBC execs decided to move their headquarters to Texas, pundits were quick to predict dire consequences for St. Louis. It’s hard now to remember what they were.
Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with Praxair officials to review the events that led up to Friday’s apparent accident, the response of the emergency and public safety teams, and the future of Praxair’s City facility.
Here’s a few things you may or may not know about Downtown’s movers and shakers
Debbie Monterrey, Doug McElvein and I recently sat down in the CWE. Here’s what we talked about.
St. Louis Marketplace has been troubled for a while. Things, however, may be looking up.
Ending childhood lead poisoning is one of my highest priorities. Other people are noticing the effort.
You don’t have appreciate hockey to know that news that the St. Louis Blues are for sale is no game.
Yesterday, I told you about a study I am commissioning to see if part of the justice system is working properly. Here are some details.
City residents demand the prompt enforcement of the state’s laws. The police are making arrests lots of them. But, arrests don’t help if the court system doesn’t do its job effectively. Are the courts working?
The feds are considering changes that could mean a reduction in the amount of CDBG funds the City receives. Here’s some background.
I met recently with officials of Earvin "Magic" Johnson’s joint venture investment fund. I liked them.
Over the past few years, Union Station has fallen on some hard times, notwithstanding the continuing success of the excellent Hyatt Regency Hotel there. New owners, though, have new plans.
Not everyone in our City — or in City Hall -wants a civilian review board for the police department. I do. I believe we need the kind of review board that will improve the community’s trust and that will allow our police officers to do their jobs effectively.
St. Louis-based Solae is the brains behind Bioplait, a soy yogurt being sold in Paris this summer. Bringing the Solae world headquarters here is an important element in a wider strategy to make St. Louis a major international capital of agricultural and bio-tech research
Several readers have asked me to keep you posted about the activities of the Anti-Crime Task Force. I am glad to do so.
For the last several months, rumors have swirled through City Hall that members of the Board of Aldermen will use the budget approval process to transfer control of the City’s neighborhood stabilization program and the NSOs to themselves. There is an alternative.
According to a new memo on my desk, the City Building Division reports that — for the first time ever — more than 90 percent of the permits finalized last month were issued over the counter on the same day the applications were filed. What this laudable efficiency means is that doing business in the City is easier than ever before.
There are lots of ways to measure efficiency. I like to use results. That’s why I have recently promoted two of my key staffers.
The new Citywide Land Use Plan the first new plan since 1947 is finished. Development officials and aldermen have crafted a living document that reflects our intention to preserve our historic building stock, while also planning for new development.
The City’s Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) is an interesting — and necessary entity. The LRA holds title to nearly 10,000 properties in the City of St. Louis, including more than 1,900 abandoned commercial buildings, houses, and other structures.
KMOX host Charlie Brennan, a platoon of volunteers from different civic groups, and employees of the Parks Department have been working hard to make Downtown brighter.
A writer in the local daily newspaper recently characterized Downtown’s office market as “wretched.” No analysis. No context. No facts.
SLDC director Rodney Crim and I met with developers and the representatives of some major retailers during our visit to the convention of the International Council Of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas. We saw some interesting things.
The Citizens Service Bureau is the City’s customer service department. CSB phone operators accept complaints — and compliments, too — about city services. Most of the time, they do a good job. But, even a good job can be better. So, CSB personnel have begun accepting some service requests via the Internet on a specially designed e-form.
The Base Realignment and Closure 2005 Commission sent a member and several staffers to St. Louis today to tour the Defense Finance and Accounting Service on Goodfellow to gather facts. To be realistic, our chances of reversing BRAC’s decision are not good.
I asked the editors of MayorSlay.com how they so often find the perfect image to illustrate a Mayor’s Desk item or a News release. They showed me how to “Google search” for images. Out of curiousity, I did: for me.
Ever since Quentin survived, my life has gone to the dogs. And the cats. Quentin — in case you have been living on a planet without television or newspapers — is the miracle dog who emerged more or less unfazed from the City’s animal gas chamber to become the cannily publicized spokesmutt for IDA and Stray Rescue.
Thousands of City kids — black and white — live in safe neighborhoods, attend good schools, and will have great futures. Others do not. They will not finish school; and they will not find good jobs. At ten years old — fifteen years old, seventeen years old — they are already disconnected from our community.
It is no mere metaphor that we refer to police officers as crime fighters. Their jobs as law enforcers often put them face to face with men and women determined to break laws — too often, violently.
It is obvious to even the most casual reader that the FY2006 budget has been cobbled together — as have been the City budgets for the past ten or so years. The FY2006 budget, like all the earlier budgets, relies far too heavily on one-time revenue sources (grants, refinancing savings, deferred decisions), and far too lightly on traditional revenue growth.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is currently considering the FY 2006 budget sent to them by the Board of Estimate & Apportionment. By City Charter, the Board of Aldermen has the power to shift and cut line items within the budget, but not to add to the bottom line. FY2006 begins in June 2005.
By my proclamation, May is Older Americans Month in the City of St. Louis. My own parents are 73 and 78. They are reasonably healthy. My dad goes to work every day. I still worry about them. The City has approximately 59,000 residents 65 years or older. More than 7,000 of our residents are 85 years or older. We want them all to be healthy and safe. And we want to take advantage of their experience and wisdom.
Every evening before I go home, a staff member hands me a binder. In it are the materials I need for the next 24 hours — lists of calls I have to make or return; directions to places I have to go; copies of the letters I have to sign; a spreadsheet of the 10 or 15 deadlines that each day brings; and, of course, my schedule.
Lawless Homes is preparing to begin a $25 million development in Alderman Fred Heitert’s 12th Ward on the site of the former public school nursery/greenhouse. Named "The Cascades" (after the WPA-era water feature that will be preserved and incorporated into the development), the development will include both condos and duplex townhomes.
Wear "summer colors" today. That’s the palate-of-choice for the 116th annual Annie Malone May Day parade. The May Day parade is the largest annual parade in the City of St. Louis — and one of the largest African American parades in the entire country.
The 131st Air National Guard unit now based at Lambert appears on the most recent BRAC list. Members of our Congressional delegation — Senators Jim Talent and Kit Bond, and US Representative Lacy Clay — believe this decision is bad for our country’s military preparedness. We all think it is bad for the region’s economy.
The concentration of people, cars and merchandise means that some suburban shopping centers have crime rates that would make many urban neighborhoods blush. Too often, though, the mall’s unsuspecting customers and employees never hear about these things. Bad news is usually a big secret in the very competitive world of suburban retail.
Yesterday, the City Preservation Board asked the Cultural Resources staff to prepare a recommendation for the inclusion of more than a dozen City buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Yesterday, the City Preservation Board asked the Cultural Resources staff to prepare a recommendation for the inclusion of more than a dozen City buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
I was in Jeff City on Monday to lobby legislators on a wide variety of issues facing the City. Mostly, I spoke about education. A growing number of state lawmakers — both Democrats and Republicans — recognize that the City is on its way back. A few do not. I told all of them — fans and doubters — that the key to the City’s renaissance is to provide more and better educational choices for families.
Metro High School was recently named by Newsweek magazine as one of the top public high schools in the country. It ranked higher than every public school in the region, including Clayton, Parkway, and Ladue. Metro is, probably, the best co-educational high school — public or private — in the region.
I pulled these updates out of a (very) long note from Barb Geisman: Multimodal Center: The bids for the terminal are in and under budget. A few details remain to be worked out with railroad authorities. The terminal should be under construction soon.
Anna May Slay is a St. Louisan to her bones: fair-minded; home-bodied; more cautious than reckless; a better listener than a speaker; and deeply in love with her family, the people, homes, and parks of her own City neighborhood.
While I was putting away some papers, I came across the notes I had made for a recent ceremony honoring some public employees whose service I considered praiseworthy. Once a year, I give Mayor’s Service Awards to a handful of City employees and working groups whose extraordinary work has been brought to my attention by their bosses or co-workers.
IKEA isn’t just a store — it’s a worldwide phenomenon. The closest IKEA to St. Louis is in suburban Chicago. Many of you have made the pilgrimage. Are we ever going to get one here?
The City’s Department of Health has not been one of the success stories. Under the past four or five mayors, the department has been plagued by bad planning, bad management, bad funding, bad outcomes, and— even— a bad building.
Over the past several months, I have spoken with dozens of leaders in the local hospitality industry, including Charles Drury, Robert Bray, Bob O’Loughlin, and Kim Tucci. Their remarks were consistent: the St. Louis region has a lot to offer tourists and business travelers, but we can do a whole lot better at selling ourselves and providing a great experience for visitors.
I like Charlie Brennan’s style. He is not the kind of person to sit around and just complain about things. He acts. Charlie believes — and I agree with him — that one element missing from our downtown is . . . a little color.
The directors of the Great Rivers Greenway District will meet tonight to announce the team that will spend the next year creating a Master Plan for the Downtown Riverfront. A dozen teams, composed of great firms from St. Louis and from across the nation, submitted responses to a Request for Qualifications.
Our competition has shifted once again. Before we had even grown comfortable competing against cities, we find ourselves competing against the "mega-regional" economies of the Southwest and Southeast.
United Press International photographer Bill Greenblatt captured this moment after yesterday’s State of the City speech. I see kids who could be doctors, teachers, poets, firefighters, lawyers — and mayors.
Today in history, the 1916 Easter Rising collapsed in Dublin — an event now remembered by the Irish as an important step toward their independence from Great Britain. Here in St. Louis, we observe a different sort of history. April 29, 2005, is officially USS Hazelwood Reunion Day, Bill Cordes Memorial Day, and St. Louis Community Education Day — remembrances permanently recorded in City records by my proclamation.
Mayor’s formal statement to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen
In preparation for tomorrow’s State of the City speech, I asked the researchers to put together a snap-shot of our economy. Here are some interesting facts about the City of St. Louis.
We need to share our great City with more people. Frank Viverito and St. Louis Sports Commission are certainly doing their part. The Sports Commission has been chosen as the National Association of Sports Commissions’ (NASC) 2005 Member of the Year. They deserve it.
The Board of Estimate and Apportionment has agreed with my plan to put an additional 42 police officers on the streets — replacing officers who retire or resign next year. Because of its tight budget, the Police Department had not planned to replace those officers.