Read My Name Lyda, I Also Want To Defund The Police

3 days 17 hours ago
The topic of defunding the police continues to make headlines, especially after poor judgement by our mayor recently: St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is facing backlash on social media Friday night for reading the names and street addresses of protesters who are calling on the city to defund the police ...
Steve Patterson

The Praxair Explosion Was 15 Years Years Ago Today

1 week 4 days ago
Fifteen years ago today the outside temperature was a lot hotter than today, nearly 100°.  A safety valve on a propane tank at Praxair, on Chouteau east of Jefferson Ave, opened to release pressure. Liquid droplets self ignited, setting off a chain reaction involving other tanks on the asphalt outside ...
Steve Patterson

Eating Out During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Our First Three Experiences

3 weeks 4 days ago
Normally we rarely eat out, I’m home all day and love to cook. Plus eating out often would break our low-income budget. However, we’ve actually been trying to eat out more since restaurants began reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closures. I’m on disability so I get paid every month, my husband ...
Steve Patterson

Hoping For A Better World Before I Stop Breathing

3 weeks 6 days ago
I can still breath, but far too many can’t anymore — due to police brutality.  Here’s how Cambridge Dictionary defines brutality: /bru??tæl.?.ti/ behavior that is very cruel or violent and showing no feelings for others. Cruel or violent. No feelings for others. The Police aren’t cruel & violent toward everyone, their ...
Steve Patterson

It’s Opening Day! No, Not Baseball

1 month 2 weeks ago
Every year opening day in the St. Louis region is a big deal, Cardinals baseball fans celebrate every year. But baseball isn’t starting today — some businesses in St. Louis City & County are being permitted to reopen, with restrictions. Not all businesses that can open, will open. Others that ...
Steve Patterson

Aloe Plaza Nudes Unveiled Eight Decades Ago, MLS Coming

1 month 3 weeks ago
Eighty years ago today the nude sculptures in the Aloe Plaza fountain across Market Street from St. Louis Union Station were formally unveiled. The other figures in the fountain were unveiled the previous night. Artist Carl Milles attended,  Edith Aloe (1875-1956) did the unveiling. Edith Aloe, 64, was the widow ...
Steve Patterson

Outpatient Surgery Since Last Cancer Update

1 month 4 weeks ago
At the end of March I wasn’t feeling well, temporarily stepping away from blogging on a regular schedule. I wrote, in part: March 2020 has been difficult. My last treatment was March 2nd. Since then my appetite has dropped off a cliff. Eating less, I haven’t my usual energy.  I’m ...
Steve Patterson

Poll: Feelings on voting by mail?

2 months ago
As a person with disabilities I vote by mail, via absentee ballot. For most voters in Missouri & Illinois, you must go to your assigned polling place on Election Day. Coronavirus has some wanting to vote by mail in future elections. Currently, state laws on the use of mail voting ...
Steve Patterson

Urban Design After COVID-19: Restaurants & Carryout Windows

2 months ago
The current Coronavirus pandemic will change many things about our lives going forward, others not so much. Restaurants will likely see some of the biggest changes — both inside and out. Restaurant owners/managers will have a standard table layout (packed) and a reduced capacity layout. Dividers, fake plants, etc might ...
Steve Patterson

Poll: What concerns you more about stay-at-home restrictions?

2 months 1 week ago
I wasn’t planning to do a poll today, but a CBS News poll from a few days ago seemed to straightforward to ignore.  The subject is about stay-at-home orders. One question, two possible answers presented in random order: This non-scientific poll will close at 8pm tonight. You can check out this ...
Steve Patterson

Completed The 2020 Census Online Yet?

2 months 1 week ago
Many of you have been at home for a month. Getting bored? If you haven’t done so already, you could complete the 2020 Census — a count of everyone on April 1st. The time is now. Help shape your future, and your community’s future, by responding to the 2020 Census. ...
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