Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I'm with Steve...

When it comes to the St. Louis blogosphere, Steve Patterson with his Urban Review blog is pretty much the giant among the rest of us. Steve's readership dwarfs everone else's. When most of us post, maybe 100 people see it. Steve gets something like 30,000 unique visitors per month. Patterson is always getting recognized for the work in his blog.

Steve was one of the first to post on the idea of rebuilding Memorial Drive, and he's at it again. Steve is joining the chorus of voices calling for the vacation of the depressed and elevated lanes through downtown and their replacement with a new Memorial Drive. This is good. When Steve takes up an issue, it gets noticed.

For years now, there have been countless posts and comments in the blogs about various issues surrounding urban life and St. Louis. Is it possible that a growing base of support around the Memorial Drive issue, given voice through the blogs, may lead to a major public policy outcome in St. Louis?

The idea is out there. The challenge now is to give it life beyond the computer connected.

3 comments:

UrbanReviewSTL said...

Thanks for the kind words. You are correct that many people have independently come to the same conclusion regarding Memorial Drive. Hopefully all of our voices will be heard. You know how St Louis hates change....

goat314 said...

I'm definitely for the removal of the highway, but I'm pretty sure that would get shot down. Where would we get the money? Its just like the North-South Metrolink Line or trolleys downtown, great ideas but lack of local and federal funds.

Anonymous said...

MoDOT brags about Mizzourah being the first place where federal highway contracts were signed. What are the chances of these proud achievements being reversed by the NPS?

Dramatic transformations are not pleasant topics to locals who worship their cars and SUVs.