St. Louis, MO – The five design team finalists in the St. Louis Gateway Arch competition unveiled their proposals on Tuesday.
Several plans include a green cap, or lid, over Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis, another creates an expansive park on the Illinois side. One plan would turn the old MacArthur rail bridge into a bike and footpath, another would build a gondola.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says he's not going to endorse a particular plan, and he's confident that the funds can be raised.
St. Louis – Congressman Roy Blunt is focusing his campaign for the U.S. Senate on economic issues.
Blunt was at an auto parts factory in St. Louis Tuesday morning to unveil his plans to create more private sector jobs in St. Louis and pick up the endorsements of the US and Missouri Chambers of Commerce.
The proposal included cuts to government spending, increased access to credit for small businesses, and a boost to exports.
St. Louis, MO – Though some graffiti is considered art, most graffiti is considered vandalism. With only an over-painted floodwall for a canvas, St. Louis artists are looking for new places to paint--whether it's legal or not. Meanwhile, local businesses are trying to keep up appearances. Graffiti drives down property values and makes some neighborhoods look unsafe.
St. Louis – Aldermen in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood have passed an indoor smoking ban.
The board approved the measure 7-1 Monday; it goes into effect January first.
The Brentwood ordinance includes fewer exemptions than a similar ban for all of St. Louis county that takes effect the following day. A smoking ban in St. Louis city also starts at the beginning of the year.
Kirkwood, Clayton, and several other suburbs already prohibit smoking in most indoor public places.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A 970-foot bridge touted as the first project in the nation to be funded by President Obama's federal stimulus package opened today in central Missouri.
The bridge carries State Route 17 over the Osage River in Miller County, near the town of Tuscumbia. Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) officials credit the stimulus funds for enabling them to move the $8.3 million project forward.