The award "celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community," according to the award's website.
Calling it a "matter of survival" for his agency, Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith unveiled a five-year restructuring plan this morning that will eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities, and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment.
St. Louis' Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee is already a champion barista. As the top scorer in the South Central regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco heads to the United States Barista Championships this weekend as a man to beat. Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a number of factors, including taste, technical skills, and presentation. We caught up with Marrocco during a recent practice session.