Neuroscience Research Building under construction in Cortex Neighborhood

The Neuroscience Research Building, part of Washington University, is under construction at 4370 Duncun Ave., in St. Louis, MO. The building will be 11 stories tall and 609,000 square feet when completed and will span almost a block filling up 200-acres in the Cortex Innovation Community, one of the fastest growing hubs in the country.

The research facility was Designed by Perkins + Will and Cannon Design. McCarthy Building Companies is overseeing construction. The project will be the largest in School of Medicine’s history.

Olive West Development Grand Center Arts District by Emily Pulitzer

Olive West housing development, with Emily Pulitzer at the helm, is a $30 million dollar project on Olive Street, a few blocks west of Grand Blvd, in the Grand Center Arts District in Midtown St. Louis. The development will consist of an apartment building with 34 units and 27 one and two-bedroom homes starting at $350,000.

A few names involved in West Olive Development Project: Emily PulitzerTatiana Bilbao | Michael Maltzan | MOS Architects

St. Louis plans Universal Basic Income Pilot Program

No human being should be left out on the street to starve or freeze to death.

The St. Louis Stimulus Advisory Board have plans to start a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot program also known as Direct Cash Assistance for people living below the poverty level. Sandra Moore said, “Various kinds of pilot programs have run and are running around the nation showing good results in the reduction and even the elimination of poverty.”

Other topics discussed in the St. Louis Advisory Board meeting were free public transportation, free internet and support for our unhouse neighbors. St. Louis has inequities that have spiraled out of control, especially during the pandemic.

Drastic times call for drastic measures and this is a bold and brave step in the right direction to help the hundreds of unhoused here in St. Louis. No human being should be left out on the street to starve or freeze to death.

VIDEO: STL Stimulus Advisory Board talks Direct Cash Assistance or UBI.

Sandra Moore plans UBI for St. Louis. Video from City of St. Louis YouTube Channel May 2, 2021

Congresswoman Cori Bush supports Mayor Tishaura O. Jones to Defund Police by 4 Million

April 29, 2021 Press Release

ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) released the following statement in support of City of St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ proposed budget amendments, which reallocate $4 million from the police budget into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, victim support services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and legal support to the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.

Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic

“For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “Previous administrations spent more per capita on policing than all comparable cities, building a police force that is larger than that of any city comparable to St. Louis. But even as more and more money has gone into policing, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department continues to be the deadliest police force in the nation, year after year — all while violence in our communities continues to skyrocket.

We are building a St. Louis where our schools are funded, and our unhoused neighbors can be sheltered

“The people have demanded a new approach to community safety — and from the Mayor’s office to the Halls of Congress, we were elected to deliver one. We have a mandate to fully fund our social services. To invest in our communities, not criminalize them. To end police violence. To provide alternatives to police like unarmed mental health professionals or social workers to respond to crisis calls. That is what organizers in our communities have fought for, that is what St. Louis has demanded, and that is what we, as elected officials, promised St. Louis. I’m incredibly proud to see Mayor Tishaura Jones deliver on this promise from City Hall — and know that she has my full support as I continue to work towards this goal from the U.S. Capitol.

“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city.  We are building a St. Louis where elected officials lead in partnership with activists, organizers, and our communities. We are building a St. Louis where our schools are funded, and our unhoused neighbors can be sheltered. We are building a St. Louis where our streets are safe and our youth can grow and prosper — where we can not just survive St. Louis, but thrive. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Mayor Tishaura Jones — and I commend her for her incredible leadership with today’s decision.”

Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones Budgets 1 Million for unhoused.

Mayor Tishaura Jones, at her first Press Conference talked about the budget. Jones said, “We shifted some of the funds from the 4 million dollars we took from the Police Department to help our unhoused.” Mayor Jones also mentioned they will allocate, “A million dollars towards increasing the capacity of the Department of Health & Human Services to support our unhoused.”

Old Courthouse Downtown St. Louis, renovations 2021

Old Courthouse at the Gateway Arch National Park on 4th Street in downtown St. Louis will be getting improvements later in 2021. It’s part of the final component of the $380-million CityArchRiver project, which has resulted in the revitalization of the Gateway Arch Area.

Old Courthouse
11 N 4th St, St. Louis, MO 63102 | Google Maps

Former Tony’s Restaurant Space Ready for Restauranteur at 10 S. Broadway, Downtown St. Louis

Restaurant space at 10 South Broadway in Downtown St. Louis is ready for a new restauranteur tenant to move into the building. This is the same space where Tony’s fine dining restaurant resided before moving to Clayton.

10 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102 | Google Maps

Salt + Smoke Opens in Ballpark Village May 2021

Salt + Smoke is a two level restaurant that will open in May of 2021 inside 1 Cardinal Way Apartments in BallPark Village in Downtown St. Louis. This location will make the fifth Salt + Smoke restaurant for St. Louis.

Salt + Smoke
BallPark Village
1 Cardinal Way, St. Louis, MO 63102 | Google Maps

Tums Factory Downtown St. Louis Since 1930

The Tums factory in Downtown St. Louis is still the world headquarters for the famous Tums brand. The factory makes billions of the antacid tablets each year.

It was James Howe, a pharmacist, who created the tablets in 1928 to treat his wife’s indigestion. TUMS became a house hold name shortly after releasing the tablets to the public in 1930.

A local radio station had a competition for listeners to name the tablets. A nurse won the competition who picked the word TUMS which derived from the word Tummy.

Glaxo Smith Kline, a pharmaceutical company, currently owns the Tums brand and has no intentions of leaving St. Louis at this time.

Tums Factory World Headquarters
301 S 4th St, St. Louis, MO 63102 | Google Maps

The Muny in St. Louis Kicks Camera Crew, Blogger Off Property

A gentleman at the St. Louis Muny politely told a camera crew and a local blogger, myself, that we couldn’t take photos or videos without permission. Since no one had permission, we all had to sadly leave. None of us knew that we had to ask to take pictures/video outside. The gentleman in charge and the film crew were all civil and honorable, to my delight.

The gentleman in the white hard hat who had to stop all of us from taking photos is awesome. This video is proof that you can still be civil and stop people from filming and taking photos. This video show us how we can handle a group of people and how treating people with respect can deescalate a situation.

I was honored to witness such chivalry in a time where it is so easy to start yelling at one another. However, I think I will go to the Arch grounds next time I need some b-roll of St. Louis. I have never heard of someone being told that they couldn’t take a picture/video of the Arch, but the phrase ‘never say never’ comes to mind. 🙂