The Intersection Of Politics, Policy And Car-Centric Culture At Regional Trouble Spots | St. Louis Public Radio

The Intersection Of Politics, Policy And Car-Centric Culture At Regional Trouble Spots

Aug 27, 2019

From left, Kea Wilson and Scott Ogilvie joined Tuesday's program.
Credit Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Every city has its nightmare intersections, and many residents could likely cite a personal nemesis or two. In the St. Louis area, the crossroads of North Grand Boulevard and Interstate 64 in Grand Center, and Eager and Hanley in Brentwood, may well come to mind among other notoriously tricky traffic spots.

Frequently stressful for drivers and non-drivers alike, these sections of public infrastructure can seem like a permanent fixture of civic life, along with the honking, confusion and rage they trigger. But change can sometimes happen.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske took a closer look at some of the region’s worst intersections – and discussed how planners work to address trouble spots in an age of crumbling infrastructure across the U.S. The conversation also touched on what residents can do to address problematic roads and contribute to smoother, safer streets for all.

Joining the discussion were Scott Ogilvie, a transportation policy planner for the City of St. Louis, and Kea Wilson, a St. Louis-based communications manager for Strong Towns.

Listeners added their voices to the segment, too, and well over 200 Twitter users weighed in on a poll ranking several notorious spots around St. Louis.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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