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St. Louis is home to many Thai restaurants but the cuisine of the Southeast Asian country of Thailand is diverse.

Roughly, there are four food regions in the country - northern, northeast, central (Bangkok) and southern, according to Phatcharin Wanna, the owner/chef of a new Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop.

Artists at work in neighborhoods around the Loop

Mar 19, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 19, 2013 - Sami Bentil and Annetta Bentil-Vickers live on Enright in the West End neighborhood, in the former laundry facilities of ConnectCare. A large complex, the building also serves as headquarters for her office supply company and his art studio.

Sami Bentil was a budding artist when he moved from Ghana to the United States in the early ’70s. His pointillist work has been shown in Europe, the U.S. and Ghana, including a piece commissioned by the Ghanaian government for its 50th jubilee. “My American experience has been heightened by the fact that in my early years I devoted my time to [elementary] teaching,” Bentil said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 12, 2012 - The data have been tabulated, the options debated and the results are in.

The steering committee of the Kresge St. Louis embedded arts grant has agreed on the four neighborhoods to receive help in discovering programs and funding that can be set up specifically for each area. The committee chose Old North St. Louis, Midtown, the Garden District and the Loop in part for their mix of existing arts organizations, high walkability and economic and racial diversity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2012 - This spring, a shooting among a group of teens gathered at Delmar and Skinker boulevards, alarmed the local community. It re-energized talks about finding safe activities for adolescents, and those went beyond the local. Civic leaders, citizens, city and county law enforcement and government joined together with local businesses to address this regional problem before it escalated. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 13, 2012 - The Loop has long been a hub of nightlife and culture; but as the age of wired cities dawns, it may find itself a hub of a different kind, a media hub.

“If you look at the Loop community, there are a tremendous number of creative organizations, innovative organizations, media sources and universities near there,” said David Sandel. “There should be a high demand in that part of town with all kinds of organizations that can make use of the greater speed.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 29, 2012 - The trolley planned from the Delmar Loop to the Missouri History Museum is bringing information into the area it is designed to serve. Part of that was the subject of a recent discussion at the Regional Arts Commission.

Meredith Hawkins Trautt of the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis presented “The History of the Delmar Loop Through Architecture.” As part of the trolley project’s required environmental assessment, the research center mapped the Loop’s architectural heritage.

Commentary: Controlling the Loop may make it less appealing

Apr 13, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 13, 2012 - The recent violence that occurred in the Loop area of St. Louis and University City is regrettable but not surprising. As historian David Courtwright tells us, places frequented by young men with time on their hands always have seen more than their fair share of trouble. It doesn’t matter whether those young men are rich or poor, black or white. When enough of them get together, some level of conflict is almost inevitable. Occasionally that conflict leads to violence.

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will add extra manpower in the Delmar Loop this weekend in an effort to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence.

No one was injured in a series of fights that broke out around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, or when shots were fired into the crowd, though two people were injured in a later shooting at a Church's Chicken.

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apr 5, 2012
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Good morning! Here are a couple of the stories we've followed this morning to get you started:

Relatives of teen killed by police want answers

Relatives of a 15-year-old boy shot and killed by St. Louis County police are disputing police claims that the teen had a gun when he was shot. The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Glasgow Village area of north St. Louis County.

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Supporters of a plan to build a trolley line from the University City lions to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park say the project is right on its revised schedule.

The Loop Trolley will cost about $44 million to build. Construction could begin in 2013, and Bob Archibald, the president of both the Missouri Historical Society and the non-profit Loop Trolley Company says work should be finished by 2014, the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

Washington University plans $80 million Loop project

Feb 27, 2012
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The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money - an $80 million project by nearby Washington University.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the plan calls for development of stores in a four- to six-story building, along with apartments for about 550 students. Design work will begin soon and construction could start as early as next January.

The housing units could be occupied starting in August 2014.

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For the second year in a row, the Pageant in the Delmar Loop is among the top-5 concert venues in the world when it comes to ticket sales.

Pollstar, an industry website, bases its rankings on reports from venues about the number of tickets sold. The Pageant was number 5 in 2011, with reported sales of 181,451 tickets.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 7, 2011 - In a move that caught the audience by surprise, University City officials voted unanimously Monday night to scrap a controversial bill aimed at controlling crowds in the Loop.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 10, 2011 - Same-sex couples and their supporters rejoiced in the University City Council chamber Monday night when the municipality became the first in St. Louis County to establish a registry recognizing domestic partners.

The action was among major debates that dominated much of a council session that lasted more than three hours. The other big issue involved a controversial proposal to address what some describe as unruly behavior by teens in the Loop. That measure was tabled.

Moonrise Hotel's lunar sign to run on solar source

Apr 28, 2011
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Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis.

The Moonrise Hotel announced today that they'll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2011 - Richard Rosenfeld and his wife were enjoying a sidewalk meal at the now closed Riddles' restaurant in the Delmar Loop one evening last summer when an unsettling incident occurred. It began with the sights and sounds of dozens of noisy teenagerss running up and down Delmar Boulevard. While somewhat amused by this high-energy scene, Rosenfeld said he was worried about the reckless way the youngsters weaved in and out of street traffic.

Joe Edwards steps down but stays busy

Mar 8, 2011

Late last week, Joe Edwards announced that he’s stepping down as the Chairman of the Loop Special Business District after 30 years leading the board.  He stopped by St. Louis on the Air today to chat about his decision and what’s next for the six-block district along Delmar that’s been designated “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

Loop Trolley making progress toward 2012 opening

Jan 11, 2011
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The Delmar Loop Trolley is making steady progress toward a goal of opening sometime in 2012.

The project would span more than 2 miles and connect Forest Park to the Delmar Loop.

Joe Edwards, the man behind almost every project on the Delmar Loop, says the trolley should clear its environmental impact study next month.

In appreciation: Moon over Delmar

Apr 14, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 14, 2009 - We've all heard the expression, "He hung the moon." It's a celestial way to pay someone a compliment.

Well, for a number of years now, lots of people have said that about Joe Edwards, the keeper of the Blueberry Hill saloon and restaurant, the impresario of University City and the prime mover behind the revival of the Delmar Loop.

So you have to entertain a college student

Aug 14, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008 - It may seem daunting when your visitor is too young to enjoy the local brews but too old to be awed by the Science Center. Grant's Farm and the Magic House are no longer the easy solutions for filling an afternoon. But you may be surprised that coming up with an itinerary is actually pretty simple.