Autor: Scott

~ 31/07/08

Well it seems the ole STL has taken a shot below the belt again. Just when you start to find an ounce of civic pride, someone releases a list, well, in this case a book!

Mapping Decline – St. Louis and the Fate of the American City by Colin Gordon “examines the causes and consequences of St. Louis’s urban crisis.” Or as quoted by Philip J. Ethington, University of Southern California, “A searing indictment of policymakers, realtors, and mortgage lenders for deliberate decisions that sacrificed their own city of St. Louis on the altar of race…..”

Wow. I will be sure and run out to buy that one. Right after I lick my wounds.

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Autor: Scott

Downtown Restaurant Week is back! Just go to the website at www.downtownrestaurantweek.net/2008/ to see a list of participating restaurants which feature a pre fixe menu for $25/person.  This a great way to experience new restaurants, including those of this year’s presenting sponsor, Lumiere Place, such as Asia and The Burger Bar, and the Four Seasons Hotel’s  House of Savoy. Personally, I am excited to try Mosaic in their new location at 1001 Washington Ave.  Make your reservations fast because time slots will fill up. Happy eating!

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Autor: Scott

~ 30/07/08

 Think you can write better than me? Um, not hard at all, obviously… Well then do I have a deal for you! Undercurrent is looking for more contributors to cover relevant, fun topics such as dining, nightlife, gossip, dating, and much more! Contact me at info@rivercityprofessionals.org and let me know your experience and interest.

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Autor: Dave

~ 29/07/08

So St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa resigned Friday. Or Monday. Or it may have been even Sunday. Problem is? No one seemed to notice, and or care. Well, the Mayor cared I guess. It was rather surprising seeing the lack of ‘in-depth’, ‘team’ news coverage regarding the resignation, which actually is a retirement more than anything. News outlets were plenty up in arms over the events leading up to the resignation, but once it happened? YAWN! He was a goner the minute they brought his princess daughter into the towing scandal. The rest, I guess was a formality. Why not put on a presser with Aimie Goodrich? Now that would have opened some eyes of pretty much everyone.  I wanted to ask her how she went about picking out her ‘test drive’ vehicle.  And exactly how many of those cars were Honda Civics?  Gas mileage had to play a part in the selection process, right?

See ya Joe. I’d throw a going away party for you. Just not sure anyone would attend.

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Autor: Scott

Leave it to the far county to make it difficult for people to conserve fuel by exploring alternative transportation.  (Small motor scooters: gas savers or safety hazards?) Yea… Just stick to your massive Suburban or Escalade getting 12 miles to the gallon. They are obviously far less of a safety hazard than a 49cc scooter! Ugh…

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Autor: Scott

~ 27/07/08

Well what have we here? Tired of high gas and poor body image (there is a connection there, I am sure)? Then come out to Tower Grove Park on Saturday, August 2nd for the World naked Bike Ride! According to the site, you don’t have to ride naked, but it is encouraged. Volunteers are needed so email nakedbikestl@gmail.com if interested. And if riding, be sure to have a comfortable seat.

The proposed route:

- Depart from Tower Grove Park Pool Pavilion. Loop around the park.
- Exit on Arsenal, head east until Compton.
- Turn right (south) on Compton until Cherokee.
- Turn left (east) on Cherokee until Lemp. Turn right until Broadway and turn left.
- Go north on Broadway until Washington Ave.
- Turn left on Washington Ave, heading west. Switch to Locust, then switch to Lindell.
- Turn left on Boyle and follow to Tower Grove Ave.
- Turn left on Manchester until Atomic Cowboy.

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Autor: Rhonda

~ 26/07/08

While checking out possible places for downtown restaurant week, I came across this on the Simply Fondue Web site:

We’d like to thank our customers for their support and patronage. We regret to say that we have closed permanently. We’ve enjoyed being a part of the downtown area and hope that the area continues to grow.

I know restaurants come and go, but I loved this place … and not just because it was owned by fellow Salukis. I wish the best to the owners and hope someone new can come into the SF space and create a thriving business.

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Autor: Dave

~ 15/07/08

Update: Well okay then…I was evidently punked by Starbucks, who have updated their list of stores closings. Put St. Louis down for 16 to shut it’s doors. Here is the ‘complete’ list (for now):

Clayton and Baxter, 14815 Clayton Road, Chesterfield
Highway N & I64, 7827 Highway N, Dardenne Prairie
Graham & I 270, 1261 Graham Road, Florissant
Nameoki & Johnson, 3457 Nameoki Road, Granite City
Howdershell & Dunn, 6045 Howdershell Road, Hazelwood
West Florissant at Lucas & Hunt, 8031 West Florissant Avenue, Jennings
Highway K & Weldon Spring, 4581 Highway K, O’Fallon
Elm & State Highway-370, 3788 Elm Street, St. Charles
Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis
Manchester & Sappington, 10025 Manchester Road, St. Louis
Telegraph & Erb, 6070 H Telegraph Road, St. Louis
Euclid & Laclede, 9 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis
7th & Russell, 2000 South 7th Street, St. Louis
Highway 100 & South Pointe, 3081 Phoenix Center Drive, Washington
Lockwood & Rock Hill, 234 West Lockwood, Webster Grove
Highway 94 & Ofallon, 5851 Westwood Drive, Weldon Spring

On the heels of losing the American icon Budweiser brand to a foreign company, and GM’s re-org announcement, Starbucks has given St. Louis a bit of a reprieve from all bad news, all the time. Looks like the region will only be losing one store for now. They just released their list of the least performing stores, that are now slated for closing, which includes the Jennings location. Given what St. Louis has been through, and will undoubtedly go through over the next year or so, I’ll take it. It’s surprising that we still are considered to be one of the least impacted states regarding unemployment, and inflation numbers. Our gas prices remain at the bottom of the barrel compared to nationwide numbers.

It may not seem pretty out there if you are struggling. But, I liken it to a bad cup of coffee. If I had nothing else to drink, I’d make the best out of it, and be happy I can still get my Starbucks.

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Autor: Scott

~ 01/07/08

Ever wonder what happens when you take a block of wood and some car parts and give it to some of the most creative minds in the ad agency business? Oh, and add adult beverages, of course. Well come on out to Coolfire Media’s office at 415 North 10th Street this Thursday for their first Pinewood Derby and find out!

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