|STL Celebrates End of WWII on Washington Avenue|
What's particularly frustrating about the article is the reality that the city streets department was interviewed, Downtown Inc. CEO was interviewed, and the Neighborhood Association was interviewed. The impression that the city leadership isn't concerned that the massive investment in Washington Avenue was evident, possibly due to the writer, and maybe its just the way it is. No inclusion of comments from one of the many alderman for the downtown area or the mayors office was used. Reading between the lines, this could be one of the many problems with downtown's lack of an exclusively committed alderman. With downtown split between multiple alderman, the area just isn't important enough to any one of them to fight for what is necesary to keep things looking good.
The article also addresses the lack of vision in the planning. Not having funds set aside for maintenance is a common theme. Its common knowledge that its easier to get millions for a new road or bridge than getting smaller amounts for maintenance and repair of what's already in use.
Hopefully this conversation keeps going.
The last thing we need is a light shined on a problem downtown but no further action. Between the neighborhood and Downntown STL, Inc., STL City leaders need to know that this issue isn't going away.