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The Rundown
8:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Ladies First. Sometimes.

It's not just April showers that bring flowers. Technology can do it, too.
Credit (Flickr/Moyan Brenn)

By the time this post is published, people across St. Louis are reveling from having watched the first Cardinals’ home game of the season and are gearing up for a fabulous season.

I’m hoping that is the case because this week's rundown on economy and innovation isn’t all sunshine and flowers. Actually there could be flowers, but you’ll have to wait to read about that.

First, let’s talk entrepreneurship. 

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St. Louis
8:58 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Downtown Streets Add Old French Names to Street Signs

Officials at a 250th anniversary ceremony unveil a historical marker describing St. Louis' early history.

Visitors to downtown St. Louis will soon see different names - very old names - identifying downtown streets. Eight streets will receive new street signs featuring the roads' original French names in addition to their current English names.  

The signs were unveiled at a city hall event Saturday marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. 

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St. Louis on the Air
10:42 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Is Living In Downtown St. Louis Living Up To Expectations?

Downtown St. Louis
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

Updated following the show.

St. Louis City leaders are counting on attracting new residents Downtown as part of an urban renaissance.  The area has seen recent population growth, but questions remain about the future of the area. Host Don Marsh posed those questions to our guests, including:

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Parking Meters
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Feeding The Meters Now Required In Downtown St. Louis On Saturdays

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from the treasurer.

Take some quarters with you if you're going downtown on Saturdays starting July 1.

St. Louis city treasurer Tishaura Jones announced today that the parking division, which she oversees, will begin enforcing expired meter violations on July 1. That means drivers will have to feed the meters between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Business
6:53 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

St. Louis Union Station sold for $20 million

St. Louis Union Station circa 1909
via Wikimedia Commons

The sale of downtown St. Louis’ historic Union Station is set to go through in mid-October.  The sale was first reported Wednesday by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The facility’s new owners, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management,  are hoping to succeed where a host of other developers have failed.

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I-64 downtown
4:48 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Westbound I-64 through downtown will open by Thursday

All lanes and ramps on I-64 westbound through downtown will open by Friday. Pavement work on the eastbound side will lead to lane closures in that direction until Nov. 1, 2012.
(via Flickr/lordsutch)

Drivers coming into St. Louis from Illinois are about to get some relief from a summer of traffic congestion.

At least one lane of the double-deck structure that takes Interstate 64 through downtown has been closed through the spring and summer as crews replaced the driving surface.  Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation will start removing the concrete barriers from the westbound lanes of I-64 through downtown tonight. All of the lanes and ramps should be open by Friday morning.

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Peabody reopens
6:30 am
Fri September 30, 2011

After 20 silent years, life returns to the Peabody Opera House

The Grand Lobby of the Peabody Opera House in June 2011. The venue reopens on October 1 after 20 silent years and a 14-month renovation.
(Tom Paule Photography, via Optimus Development)

On May 3, 1991, the musicians of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra played the last notes of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, to bring down the curtain at the Kiel Opera House. For 20 years, the massive structure at the corner of Market and 14th Streets sat vacant, as group after group proposed unsuccessful redevelopment plans.

Tomorrow night, the curtain will rise again as Jay Leno and Aretha Franklin headline the first show on the stage of the venue now known as the Peabody Opera House.

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Ralcorp renovations
4:31 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

City to use tax credits to retain Ralcorp

(via Flickr/The Cleveland Kid)

The city of St. Louis once again plans to use tax credits to keep the headquarters of a major company in downtown.

Legislation that will be introduced at the Board of Aldermen on Friday gives Ralcorp $20 million in tax credits to upgrade and expand its headquarters at 8th and Market.

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New parking lot rules
10:02 am
Wed June 29, 2011

New city rule will require attendants at parking lots

(via Flickr/raleighwoman)

An "angry and frustrated" St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is responding to last weekend's rash of car break-ins with proposed new rules for the owners of downtown lots.

Vandals broke into at least 60 cars in the downtown St. Louis area Friday night, stealing purses and GPS units. Police say there were no attendants at some of the lots to report the crimes. And Slay wants that to stop.

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Other News
2:59 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Bike commuters have a new home in downtown St. Louis

Bike racks at downtown commuter station
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis has taken steps to become friendlier for bike commuters.

The new downtown St. Louis Bike Station opens on Thursday.  The project was funded through a $180,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

The project is currently administered through the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis but will eventually be handed off to Trailnet.

Maggie Campbell is the President of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  She says the site will offer a full range of services for bike commuters.

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