Rachel Lippmann

Reporter

Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.

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Arch grounds oversight
4:11 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Oversight in place for Arch grounds overhaul

Planned upgrades for the ponds at the foot of the Arch. The authority that will oversee the reconstruction was approved on Jan. 28.
(CityArchRiver 2015)

The $578 million plan to overhaul the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (better known as the Arch) now has oversight in place.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
11:35 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Alderwoman introduces new project agreement ordinance for NorthSide development project

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. Legislation that will be officially introduced tomorrow at the Board of Aldermen would authorize work on a small chunk of McKee's massive redevelopment project for the North Side, which a judge threw out in
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:20 p.m. to correct math error in amount of demolition and remediation.

Developer Paul McKee's plan to revitalize North St. Louis is taking a few small steps forward.

Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin will officially introduce legislation tomorrow  authorizing Northside Regeneration LLC, McKee's company, to start work on about $3 million of projects in the two-square mile site.

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TIF report
4:50 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

TIF report finds little regional benefit

A screen capture of a graphic representing the different regions of encompassed in the work of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. (East-West Gateway Council of Governments website)

Are public incentives likes TIFs and TDDs worth it? An updated report by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments says probably not.

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Firefighters Retirement System
4:35 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Aldermen slow down bill on funding firefighter pensions

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

There’s been a temporary delay in a new skirmish between the city and its fire department.

Ald. Matt Villa has held a bill that aims to change the way certain benefits for firefighters are funded.

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Nixon budget
5:33 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Nixon wants to expand comm. college money

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 19. He was in St. Louis on Monday to push for an expanded scholarship he called for in that address
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Read Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 closely, and you'll see a set of numbers that can give you pause.

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Homeless Encampments
5:42 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

New rules issued for St. Louis homeless encampments

This screencapture using satellite view in Google Maps shows the homeless encampments along the Mississippi River. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The City of St. Louis has issued new rules for residents of the area's unofficial homeless encampments.

Residents will not be allowed to drink or use drugs, or engage in criminal activity. And they will also have to cooperate with police, fire and the city health department.

St. Louis Department of Human Services director Bill Siedhoff says he doesn't expect enforcement to be a problem:

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Towing scandal
10:46 am
Fri January 21, 2011

First towing scandal figure reports to prison

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

The first of the four men sentenced in connection with the scandal at St. Louis Metropolitan Towing has reported to prison.

Kenneth Bialczak and his older brother William pleaded guilty in September 2010 to tax evasion. They owned several of the businesses connected to the scandal, including Metropolitan Towing and S&H Parking.

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Ballpark Village
4:19 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

A familiar, small step forward for Ballpark Village

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt addresses the city's Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority on the progress of Ballpark Village. Chase Martin, with developer Cordish Companies, is seated.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The city's Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority has restarted the clock on the construction of Ballpark Village.

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Claire McCaskill
6:01 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

McCaskill on secret holds, St. Louis hosting the DNC and spending cap legislation

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a press conference in St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2011. McCaskill spoke on a variety of topics including secret holds, St. Louis' chances to host the 2012 DNC and spending caps. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill touched on several topics today during a press conference. We have a breakdown of her comments for you:

On St. Louis’ chance of securing the 2012 Democratic National Convention…

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Ballpark Village
9:34 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Panel to hit "restart" on Ballpark Village

The site of Ballpark Village as it looked on Jan. 14, 2011. After a two-year delay, the developer is moving forward again with an effort to seek financing and tax breaks.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Remember Ballpark Village? The multi-million dollar development at the site of the old Busch Stadium that was supposed to rival Kansas City's Power and Light District? (And is in fact a product of the same developer, Cordish Companies.) The development that in 2008 became not-so-affectionately known as Lake DeWitt? That was supposed to be partially completed by the All Star Game and instead got turned into a parking lot and softball field?

Well, kind of like a cat, the project lives again. And this time, Ald. Phyllis Young says she thinks something substantial will get built.

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