A city searching for hope
Oct11

A city searching for hope

St. Louis is a city searching for hope. After decades of decline and population loss, the St. Louis region, like a busted blackjack player eyeing the dealer while thumbing his last two chips, is constantly looking for that next big thing that’s going to turn it all around. This week that hope comes in the form of another proposal for a Major League Soccer team and new downtown stadium. Before that it was a new Rams football stadium....

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Activists Blast Jail Conditions
Oct11

Activists Blast Jail Conditions

NORTH RIVERFRONT – For decades, the St. Louis city jail, known as the Workhouse, has had a reputation for unsafe and unsanitary conditions and mistreatment of both detainees and staff. Launched last year, the Close the Workhouse campaign is dedicated to doing something about it. Activists from the Close the Workhouse campaign have volunteered hundreds of hours at protests, met with government officials, and connected with people...

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The Fight Against Blight
Oct04

The Fight Against Blight

WALNUT PARK EAST – New efforts are being made by city officials and local community groups to tackle the increasing numbers of abandoned buildings and condemned properties on the north side.  Those efforts got a big boost by a court ruling last month allowing the city to enact Proposition NS. Approved by voters last year, the proposition allows for a property tax increase to generate funds to demolish and stabilize abandoned...

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Democrats and McCaskill Owe Black Voters More
Sep22

Democrats and McCaskill Owe Black Voters More

It’s that time again. Black radio is filled with political advertisements featuring African-American voices urging us to vote for Missouri Democrats. Stay clear of Republicans, they warn. Republicans like Josh Hawley, the young Attorney General challenging two-term U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, is a tool of Donald Trump. If he gets to the Senate, he’ll help Trump push his agenda, they warn, an agenda deeply harmful to blacks and poor...

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Black and ‘progressive’ agendas don’t always align
Sep05

Black and ‘progressive’ agendas don’t always align

It has never been an easy alliance. On the surface it would appear that black elected officials would find a natural ally in white elected officials who label themselves as progressives. Both sides say they support an end to systemic racism in the region and the state. Both sides say they are ready to change the “good ol’ boy” ways of St. Louis City Hall that have long seen nepotism and cronyism get in the way of progress and new...

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