Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Begins Guaranteed Basic Income Payments For St. Louis

Mayor Tishaura Jones speaks at Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Walkathon at Forest Park’s Cricket Field by craig currie
Mayor Tishaura Jones speaks at Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Walkathon at Forest Park’s Cricket Field

Mayor Tishaura O. Jones in 2022 signed the Working Families Bill (BB116) to support St. Louisans, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Using $52 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, this legislation establishes Missouri’s first guaranteed basic income program to support public school children and their families, expands health care access for residents, and invests in public safety by creating new opportunities for youth. 

The Pilot is Expected to Support 440 Families With $500 Payments for 18 Months 

“St. Louis is back on the map, joining more than 20 cities across the country in piloting an innovative, forward-thinking guaranteed basic income program for city schoolchildren and their families,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “From creating better opportunities for our youth to expanding access to healthcare, this bill is an investment directly in our communities still struggling to get back on their feet. Lifting families out of poverty makes our city stronger and safer, and I am grateful to sponsor Ald. Shameem Clark-Hubbard, Board President Megan Green, and Ald. Annie Rice for getting this bill to my desk.”

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The guaranteed basic income pilot will require participating families to meet at least three qualifications: Residents must be a parent or legal guardian of a parent of a child enrolled in a public school in the City of St. Louis; they must have suffered a negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and be at or below 170% of federal poverty level based on family size/household income. The pilot is expected to support 440 families with $500 payments for 18 months. 

“This bill is an example of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of when he emphasized the beloved community. This bill is what it looks like to care for your neighbor as you care for yourself,” said bill sponsor Ald. Shameem Clark-Hubbard (26, new 10). “I want to thank Mayor Jones and her team for their leadership and vision and my colleagues at the Board of Alderman for their steadfast care and love for the people of our city. As we head into 2023, I’m overjoyed by the commitment of my fellow elected leaders to the people, the families, the mothers and children of our city; we are working together to make the best life possible for St. Louisans.”

The bill also addresses disparities in health care that have widened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing $13 million to four St. Louis federally qualified health centers (FQHC) for expansion across North and South St. Louis. 

“The Working Families bill gives struggling families an added lift so they can pursue higher paying jobs, cover childcare expenses, and pay down debt—giving them a real chance to break the cycle of poverty,” said Board of Aldermen President Megan Green. “If we’re serious about eliminating poverty in St. Louis, we have to stop using moral hazard as a roadblock. People experiencing poverty lack resources, not character. This bill is a step toward a universal program that would help all St. Louisans achieve a dignified, prosperous life.”

The Working Families bill makes critical investments to address root causes of crime to improve public safety. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health conditions and substance use disorders have increased globally by 13% in the last decade.The bill directs $2 million to the City of St. Louis Department of Health’s newly created Bureau of Behavioral Health to combat substance misuse and abuse. $10 million will also be allocated to enhance youth diversion, programming, and jobs through the Office of Violence Prevention and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. 

“Connecting our youth to the right resources and opportunities has been proven to deter them from a life of crime and violence,” said Office of Violence Prevention Director Wilford Pinkney. “We are using these funds to take a holistic approach to address crime in our communities and make our neighborhoods safer.”

The bill was passed almost unanimously. The full text and its legislative history can be found on the city’s website.

How We Can Decrease Crime in St. Louis

There are a number of strategies that can be used to decrease crime in St. Louis and here are some strategies that have been effective in reducing crime in other cities as well.

No traffic on Market Street in Downtown St. Louis November 1, 2022.
No traffic on Market Street in Downtown St. Louis November 1, 2022.

Community policing: This approach emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships between law enforcement and the community. By working closely with residents and community organizations, police can gain valuable insights into the crime problem and develop strategies that are tailored to the specific needs of the community.

Targeted enforcement: This approach focuses on identifying and addressing specific hotspots of crime in the community. By using data and analysis to identify the areas where crime is concentrated, law enforcement can deploy resources more effectively and make a bigger impact on crime.

Prevention and intervention programs: This approach aims to prevent crime by addressing the underlying social and economic conditions that contribute to crime. Programs such as youth mentoring, job training, and education can help young people avoid criminal activity and build positive futures for themselves.

Creating opportunities: By developing more opportunities for people through job, education and housing it’s more likely they will have less chances to engage with crime.

Environmental design: This approach aims to reduce crime by making changes to the physical environment that make it more difficult for criminals to commit crime. Examples include adding lighting, improving visibility, and designing spaces to be more open and welcoming.

Addressing substance abuse: This approach aims to decrease crime by addressing the underlying addiction or mental health issues that lead people to commit crimes. Programs like rehabilitation centers and mental health care can help mitigate those issues, which in turn lower crime.

It’s important to keep in mind that different strategies may be more effective in different areas, and a comprehensive approach that addresses multiple factors is likely to be more effective than a single strategy alone. Collaboration and partnerships among different sectors and groups in the community, including law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations, will be key for successful implementation of the above strategies.

Market At Olive: Directory of Restaurants & Retail Stores

Directory for Market At Olive

Markets at Olive Development Holland and BEX Construction November 21, 2022 by AI.
Markets at Olive Development Holland and BEX Construction November 21, 2022 by AI.

STORES OPEN AT MARKET AT OLIVE Shopping Center
Costco – opened October 25, 2022

RESTAURANTS COMING TO MARKET AT OLIVE Shopping Center
Raising Cane’s – coming to McKnight Rd and Olive.
Chick-fil-A will – location will be next to Costco

Market At Olive shopping center is located on the East side of I-170 and Olive Blvd. in University City, MO.

Why St. Louis Population is Decreasing

Here are three possible reasons why the population of St. Louis is decreasing: crime, urbanization and inequality.

Where is all the cars on Market Street in Downtown St. Louis November 1, 2022.
Where are the cars on Market Street in Downtown St. Louis on November 1, 2022.

CRIME IN ST. LOUIS
St. Louis has a history of high crime rates, which could be a factor in the city’s declining population. According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 2020, St. Louis had one of the highest violent crime rates among cities with populations over 250,000. The city’s violent crime rate was more than three times the national average, and its property crime rate was also higher than the national average.

URBANIZATION IN ST. LOUIS
Many cities have experienced a trend of urbanization and suburbanization, with people and businesses moving out of the city center and into the suburbs. This has led to economic challenges in the city of St. Louis, as businesses and residents have left for the suburbs. Recently, Brown & Croupon, one of the biggest law firms in St. Louis, and KMOV, a local tv station announced they are moving out of Downtown to the suburbs.

INEQUALITY IN ST. LOUIS
St. Louis has a high level of income inequality, with a large gap between wealthy and poor residents. This can create economic challenges for the city, as it can be difficult for lower-income residents to afford basic necessities and for businesses to thrive.

Market at Olive and Costco in University City, the good and the bad

Markets at Olive Development Holland and BEX Construction November 21, 2022 by AI.
Markets at Olive Development Holland and BEX Construction November 21, 2022 by AI.

Costco in U-City opened October 25, 2022, which has positive effects for the community: jobs, convenience, low prices. However, there are negative effects as well.

Costco is part of the Market at Olive which is a 50-acre mixed-use development under construction located on the western edge of University City at the intersection of Olive Boulevard and I-170.
STORES OPEN AT MARKET AT OLIVE
Costco – opened October 25, 2022

RESTAURANTS COMING TO MARKET AT OLIVE
Raising Cane’s – coming to McKnight Rd and Olive.
Chick-fil-A will – location will be next to Costco

COSTCO AND THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS

There are several potential negative effects that the presence of a Costco store at Markets at Olive in University City could have. Here are a few examples:

  • Traffic congestion: Large retail stores like Costco can attract a significant number of customers, which can lead to increased traffic in the surrounding area. This can be particularly problematic if the store is located in an area with limited road infrastructure or insufficient parking.
  • Competition for local businesses: The arrival of a Costco store in an area may also lead to increased competition for local businesses, particularly small retailers that offer similar products. This can potentially lead to the closure of some local businesses, which could have negative economic consequences for the community.
  • Impact on the local economy: While the presence of a large retailer like Costco can bring some economic benefits to an area, such as job creation and increased tax revenue, it can also have negative impacts on the local economy. For example, a Costco store may source its products from outside the area, rather than supporting local businesses, and the low prices offered by the store may make it difficult for local businesses to compete.

The Markets at Olive development will have retail, restaurants, apartments, offices and hotels as well. Companies involved include: Holland Construction, BEX Construction, Clayco, Seneca, CRG, Hutkin Properties Group, LLC. Source: Olive and 170 TIF

Armory STL Opens Friday Dec. 16, 2022

Armory REC HALL in St. Louis Nov. 2021. Credit Craig Currie
Armory REC HALL in St. Louis Nov. 2021. Credit Craig Currie

Armory STL
Opens Fri Dec 16
3660 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63110
armorystl.com
(314) 282-2720 | Google Maps

Endless Entertainment

THE BIGGEST BAR IN STL

The Amory STL entertainment venue at the Armory building in Midtown St. Louis is opening this Friday, Dec. 16th.

  • 6 acres of flexible indoor space to gather, play, eat, drink and discover
  • 62-foot stage to host live entertainment
  • 6 huge bars providing nearly 500 ft of bar space
  • 92 tap handles
  • 40+ interactive games
  • A two-story slide
  • Massive TV screens
  • VIP event spaces
  • And that’s just the beginning

HISTORY: The Armory District building was built in 1938 and housed the 138th Infantry of the Missouri National Guard for decades. It later became a breeding ground for some the best tennis players in the nation’s history. Recreational soccer and softball games were played here along with legendary performances by Tina Turner and the Grateful Dead.

Source: https://www.armorystl.com/

Amory STL | 3660 Market St, | St. Louis, MO 63110 | ArmorySTL.com | Google Maps

Armory District Rec Hall, Midtown St. Louis under construction on November 2021. Credit Craig Currie

Jay Greenberg FBI Interviewed by Rev. Darryl Gray & Adolphus Pruitt on Hallelujah 1600 AM

Jay Greenberg FBI Special Agent in Charge of St. Louis Office during Point Black radio show on Hallelujah AM 1600.
Jay Greenberg FBI Special Agent in Charge of St. Louis Office during Point Black radio show on Hallelujah AM 1600.

Jay Greenberg of the FBI, and Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Office, went through a fun and informative interview on how the FBI is working to make things better in St. Louis. Rev. Darryl Gray and Adolphus Pruitt, President of the NAACP, did not leave any stone unturned regarding questions. And Special Agent Jay Greenberg answered every question in great detail.

VIDEO: Jay Greenberg FBI Interviewed by Rev. Darryl Gray & Adolphus Pruitt on Point Black, Hallelujah 1600 AM

Rev. Darryl Gray, stated on his Linkden page, “What a wonderful opportunity to be the cohost on Point Black, heard on St. Louis’ #1 Gospel Radio Station every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. on Hallelujah 1600 AM and the iHeart radio app. Proud to be part of the iHeart radio family.”

Olive Crossing at Olive and I-170 Construction Update

Olive Crossing construction at I-170 and Olive Blvd. 11.21,2022
Olive Crossing construction at I-170 and Olive Blvd. 11.21,2022

Olive Crossing at Olive and I-170 is a mixed-use 140-acre development by Keat Properties and Keeley Properties that’s currently under construction across from Chevy’s in Olivette, MO.

In the works is a dual brand Marriott Courtyard and Element hotel which will have up to 160-rooms. There is a Panera restaurant and residential apartments on the way as well. See more details on Loopnet.

DETAILS:
14.8 ACRES
180,000+ SF OFFICE SPACE
181 APARTMENT UNITS
160 HOTEL ROOMS | DUAL-BRAND MARRIOTT
30,000+ SF RETAIL, DINING, & SERVICES

By June of 2020, all buildings which include an Office Max and an Auto Repair Shop were removed and preliminary grading was started but was halted shortly after. But right now in August of 2022, construction is going strong with multiple building going up around the property.

Olive Crossing
9100 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63132
https://www.olivecrossing.com/

VIDEO: Megan Green, President Board of Aldermen for the City of St. Louis, Lays Out Plans on Point Black iHeartRadio Show

VIDEO: Darryl Gray, Megan Green, Adolphus Pruitt posing for picture after the Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022

Megan Green, President Board of Aldermen for the City of St. Louis, was interviewed by Rev. Darryl Gray and Mr. Adolphus Pruitt during the 2nd show of the new Point Black radio show on KATZ-AM Hallelujah 1600 which airs on Thursdays, 9am to 10am.

Darryl Gray, Adolphus Pruitt, Megan Green on Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022
Darryl Gray, Adolphus Pruitt, Megan Green on Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022

You can watch the entire interview on video while Megan Green lays out her plans for creating a better Downtown St. Louis. President Board of Alderman, Green, wants to focus was on “common goals” which need to be addressed immediately, she stated.

Darryl Gray, Megan Green, Adolphus Pruitt on Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022
Darryl Gray, Megan Green, Adolphus Pruitt on Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022

Megan Green: STL City President Board of Aldermen
Adolphus Pruitt: St. Louis NAACP Chief
Rev. Darryl Gray: Civil-Rights Activist

Adolphus Pruitt during Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022
Adolphus Pruitt during Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022
Rev. Darryl Gray during Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022
Rev. Darryl Gray during Point Black Show at iHeartRadio in St. Louis. pic by AI November 2022

STL Mayor, Tishaura Jones, Proclaims “Marvin F. Cockrell and Music Focus Month” Celebrating Musicians

St. Louis Mayor, Tishaura Jones, made a Proclamation dedicated to "Marvin F. Cockrell Music Focus Month" for the entire month on August.
St. Louis Mayor, Tishaura Jones, made a Proclamation dedicated to “Marvin F. Cockrell Music Focus Month” for the entire month on August.

Written by Dr. Maurya Cockrell November 2022

Tishaura Jones, Mayor of the City of St. Louis City, Missouri, recognized August 2022 as Marvin F. Cockrell and Music Focus Month.

Marvin F. Cockrell and Music Focus impact the St. Louis community through musical entertainment, education, and awareness.

Marvin F. Cockrell playing piano a few days after receiving his Proclamation to celebrate the month of August for musicians. Photo taken in November 2022.
Marvin F. Cockrell playing piano a few days after receiving his Proclamation to celebrate the month of August for musicians. Photo taken in November 2022.

Every August since 2004, Marvin F. Cockrell and Music Focus have hosted an intergenerational celebration of the arts recognizing the contributions of smooth jazz, r&b, blues, and gospel musicians.

Marvin was a music educator in the East St. Louis school district. His background has encouraged the development of resources in the St. Louis community and surrounding area to continue music education.

Marvin F. Cockrell sitting at his piano holding his Proclamation which celebrates the month of August for musicians. Photo taken in November 2022.
Marvin F. Cockrell sitting at his piano holding his Proclamation which celebrates the month of August for musicians. Photo taken in November 2022.

He believes the community must strive to support individuals of all ages, cultivating an environment in St. Louis City where music transcends all racial, socioeconomic, age, and access boundaries.

With his band, Focus, Marvin plans to host various workshops on music education, playing, writing, leading a band, and the business of managing a band.

Marvin standing by his piano and Proclamation for "Marvin F. Cockrell & Music Focus Month" which was awarded to him by Tishaura Jones, Mayor of St. Louis.
Marvin standing by his piano and Proclamation for “Marvin F. Cockrell & Music Focus Month” which was awarded to him by Tishaura Jones, Mayor of St. Louis.