Overall I think they’ve done an outstanding job, but the previous space was so awful it was hard to not do better. Accessibly is excellent, as is the amount of seating.
Many, including regional elected officials, letters to the editor, and others, are pushing the idea of turnstiles as a way to increase public safety on our MetroLink light rail system. This is incredibly ill-informed because turnstiles, physical and virtual, are meant to combat fare-evasion.
Back in September 2016, on the 20th, I received a press release from our transit agency Metro — aka Bi-State Development: SWANSEA, IL, SEPT. 20, 2016… Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), in partnership with Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development (BSD), is pleased to announce a new, $10.5 million development that ...
Decades ago Missouri and St. Louis used taxpayer money to buy and raze a huge area West of Union Station for a planned highway that’s long dead. This vacant hole has been a huge negative, preventing smaller private investment all around from spreading to improve the tax base and employment. It took taxpayer money to raze the neighborhood that once existed here -- it will take taxpayer money to undo the damage.
Within the central business district the only regulation on height of new construction should be minimum height -- not maximum. Issues such as heights and design could easily be addressed within a form-based code, replacing our 1940s use-based code.