One of MayorSlay.com’s favorite polls is the year-end one that selects St. Louis’s “Person of the Year.”
The Naughty or Nice List.It's that time of year again. Each year we ask you to evaluate a list of people, places, and proposals from the viewpoint of Santa Claus, if Santa were a resident of the City of St. Louis.
Every day, we make choices--some momentous, some so quotidian we don't give them a second thought. The sum of those choices, big and small, shapes our lives.
Every City resident knows where the best lines form. And how to avoid them. (County lines are a different matter and deserve their own poll.)
This week's Mini-Poll shares space with Mayor Slay's traditional Thanksgiving message:
According to rankings compiled by Forbes, St. Louis is one of the most affordable cities in the country. The city’s top ranking is driven by our affordable housing, and by costs below the national average for things like transportation,
As most of us remember from civics, the Presidential election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in years divisible by 4 – a month and day chosen to accommodate an agrarian
Are there too many humans in your day?
MayorSlay.com’s writers just recently finished reading “Eligible,” Curtis Sittenfeld’s update of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice." (We liked it and it inspired us to do this week’s Mini-Poll about books.)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is in London this week.He is there, among other reasons, to make a pitch for direct flights between St. Louis Lambert International Airport (i.e.,
MayorSlay.com recently listened to a National Public Radio story about the return policy at LL Bean. It is, to say the least, a generous one. Anything, at any time, regardless.The story discussed, interestingly enough, the effect of the policy on
St. Louis County recently passed a law prohibiting tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21. Missouri, like many states, has no minimum smoking age. The County’s new law, which Mayor Francis Slay says he would
MayorSlay.com does not claim to have any artistic prowess. St. Louis, on the other hand, is quite skilled.
With Labor Day past and seersucker retired, Missouri’s political campaign season is officially here. The TV political ads are starting to hang out around local news broadcasts, campaign buses are taking to the
The political season is upon us. There will be a new US President, a new Missouri Governor, and a new St. Louis City Mayor by April 2017. Interest in those offices (and others) will peak as the Election Days draw closer.
It's that time of year again... First day of school pictures blanket social media, marking both the change of the seasons and the constant passage of time. Bake sales replace BBQs and sweatshirts replace swimsuits.
St. Louis City has 79 formally designated neighborhoods – and several additional informally-named ones. Each one, as the city website informs us, has its own distinctive style and characteristics.
The American Dream, compounded of unequal parts of home ownership and upward mobility, has shaped the experience of being an American – and our political and graduation rhetoric – since the streets of the St. Louis
For the City’s 43,000 or so children, the start of the school year is right around the corner. Schools in the St. Louis Public School District start classes August 17th. Some charter schools and suburban school
The world is divided, not evenly, among those who believe parking is a commodity that should be paid for by its patrons and those who believe parking should be free, like newspaper content or air.
Missouri has played a distinguished role in the popularization of air conditioning. In 1902, an office building in Kansas City became the first one in the US to install an air conditioning system. Two years later, the
The legislative body of the City of St. Louis is the Board of Aldermen. Its members represent the City’s 28 wards and are presided over by a President, who is elected citywide. Aldermen and their president serve four year terms. Legislation –
Wednesday was the last day to register to vote in the 2016 August primary election in Missouri. Did you know that? Are you registered?
From backyard food cooked with fire to fireworks and a music festival in the region’s grandest park, St Louis does the Fourth of July with enthusiasm. With the Fair's parade and a long
Every year, St. Louis welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to our City in the form of conventions, convocations, and conferences. From robot overlords to Southern Baptists, we have been lucky to
With Memorial Day in the books, it's "officially"
Break the ice. Fill in an awkward pause. Change the subject. Lobby for a new sundress. Or boots. St. Louis weather is good for all those things.
St. Louis does live music pretty well. With a knowledgeable base of fans for almost every style of music, the city has grown and now supports a crop of excellent artists and fills dozens of venues in any given month.
Working for Mayor Francis Slay, the writers of MayorSlay.com end up reading plenty of press releases from our Official Cousins in City Hall Room 200. For the most part, we find the writing much better than our own and easy to comprehend.
Motherhood, says the mother writing this, is the most demanding, thankless, constant and entirely rewarding profession on the entire planet. To be a mother is to always be on the clock. Motherhood is a permanent tattoo that resists
In 2002, the smart folks at Gallup began asking Americans whether we thought the state of moral values in the country as a whole was getting better or getting worse.In that year and in every year since, a super-majority of Americans have answered that
Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. And we’re not talking Christmas, the baseball season or National Pizza Day. It's the time of the year when most Americans scramble
The first day of April is a perilous day for the gullible. Friends, strangers, the media, and sassy companies conspire to make us believe something that isn’t so. The custom of setting aside a day to pull harmless pranks on our
Many St. Louisans will celebrate Easter this weekend. For some people it will be a happy religious observance; for others, a secular sugar-fest bunny hop, with brunch. For the rest, it will be just another Sunday.
Today is the City’s Dogtown neighborhood’s chance to shine as tens of thousands of St. Louisans of real or imaginary Irish lineage gather to march, cheer, and drink.
We are a city that values its traditions. One of MayorSlay.com's favorites is the seasonal celebration of community known as the Lenten fish fry. On Fridays during weeks preceding Easter, churches throughout the city
Dear Poll-Taker, We love you. We even love those of you who send us comments every week about how much you hate these polls.It is engagement, regardless.
The State of Washington now has the highest percentage of registered voters in the entire country. That’s because a new law there automatically registers every holder of a state license or ID, unless the
This Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will go heads to heads on the NFL’s (and broadcast television’s) most important day of the year. Will the nearly-quadragenarian Peyton Manning be able to school the baby-faced
This week, US Senator Claire McCaskill was summoned to jury duty in St. Louis County. And she ended up on a jury. Mayor Francis Slay reported for jury duty in the City last November.
With the ascendance of Pinterest, millennials, and self-proclaimed foodies, the Cult of Food has earned a look in a Mini-Poll. Farm-to-table, fenugreek, and acai have joined "meat" and "potatoes" in our vocabulary.
In 2011, St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a bill which banned indoor smoking from public places, with the exception of tobacco stores, casinos, and small (2,000 square feet or less) adult-only bars generating 25