St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Music Festivals
4:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Summer Rocks" Bill Rolls To Mayor Slay

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign a measure bringing two music festivals the size of Lollapalooza to St. Louis.
Credit (via Flickr/akasped)

Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day  weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.

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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With Spring Break Looming, Aldermen Tie Up Some Loose Ends

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are off for a month-long spring break starting today. Like many a legislative body (or college students) before them, they left a lot of business until the last minute. Here's a look at some of the business they took care of today.

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Commentary
7:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Hearing Regional Discord In Debate Over Music Festivals

St. Louisan Big George Brock has performed at past Bluesweek festivals.
Credit File Photo | Bluesweek

Interesting how the debate over mega-music festivals downtown has revealed the St. Louis region’s fault lines.

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Summer Festivals
4:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

St. Louis Tourism Panel Approves Downtown Music Festival

Steve Stogel, the chair of DFC Group and a major local backer of the proposed festival, speaks just before the committee vote on March 12, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the hearing. Edited at 8:45 a.m. Thursday to correct typos.

After more than two days of debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen tourism committee approved plans for Lollapalooza-like festivals to be held in downtown St. Louis on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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Downtown Concerts
5:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Despite Protests, Non-Compete Clause Likely To Remain In Bill For Downtown Music Festival

Aldermen have delayed a vote on a measure that could bring two Lollapalooza-like festivals to St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/alaina.buzas)

St. Louis aldermen have temporarily slowed the progress of a measure that would reserve Memorial and Labor Day weekends for a new music festival in downtown St. Louis for at least the next 10 years.

The city's tourism committee heard two hours of testimony on the measure today. Chairman Joe Vollmer delayed the vote by a week to give its members time to digest the bill. A good portion of the 29-member Board of Aldermen sat in for at least part of the hearing.

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Downtown Concerts
5:33 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Two Lollapalooza-Like Concerts A Year Possible In Downtown St. Louis

New legislation from the Board of Aldermen could guarantee two Lollapalooza-like shows in downtown St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/akasped)

The city of St. Louis took an initial step today toward locking in a decade of music festivals featuring big-name performers in downtown St. Louis.

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Zoo-Museum District
5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Report Critical Of ZMD Adopted By St. Louis Aldermanic Committee, Debated By ZMD

At the Jan. 23 Zoo Museum District board meeting, from left: Thelma Cook, Charles Valier and Robert Lowery.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A report sharply criticizing St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District (ZMD) was adopted by the parks committee of the city’s board of aldermen Thursday.

Alderman Joe Roddy, parks committee chair, released a draft of the report this week following a year of investigation.

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Missouri History Museum
9:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Missouri History Museum Head Lauded But Report Adds To Criticism Of Institution

Frances Levine talks with St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon on Monday.
Credit From video by Nancy Fowler

A solid round of applause welcomed Frances Levine as she entered the meeting that finalized her presidency of the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday. Shortly afterward, she also received kudos from her home in Santa Fe, where she’s been director of the New Mexico History Museum for more than 10 years.

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Board of Aldermen
1:29 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Murphy May Have Inside Track For Soon-To-Be-Vacant 13th Ward Seat

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis Alderman Fred Wessels prepares to leave his post to lead the city’s Community Development Association, a long-time committeewoman is primed to take his aldermanic seat. 

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On the Trail
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding

Credit via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.

But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.

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