A VISION FOR ST. LOUIS
My vision is probably not as optimistic as it could be, but I think it is realistic. We need to consider many issues in planning for the future of our City, whether we live inside the City limits or in the suburbs. I believe the City of St. Louis can survive and thrive. I'm looking beyond 2004, because I plan to be here much longer than five more years. In 2020, here's how it'll be:
By the year 2020, the City of St. Louis will....
This is my vision for St. Louis in 2020. What's yours?
- Stabilize in population with a minimum of 250,000 residents.
- Have 10,000 of those residents living between Cole St., Jefferson Ave., Chouteau Ave., and the Mississippi River--downtown St. Louis.
- Not rejoin St. Louis County, but establish a regional earnings tax in conjunction with St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County. As a result, locally-levied sales taxes throughout the four jurisdictions will be capped at 1.5%.
- Place all the interstate highways entering the downtown area, as well as the Mill Creek railyards, into covered tunnels. The air rights over the highways and railways will be made available for office, light industrial, and residential development.
- Have MetroLink lines serving the central corridor, the northside, and the southside.
- Have 15 members of the Board of Aldermen, each elected from a ward of about 16,600 residents, with a president elected from among the Board members.
- Give the Mayor power to appoint all the "county" officials, as well as the Comptroller.
- Have a homeownership rate of 60%.
- Reopen Kiel Opera House as a theatrical performance center, while using the exposition spaces for the Smithsonian Center of the Midwest.
- Have convenient, frequent, clean bus service on all major streets.
- Have several vital nightlife districts in downtown.
- And more....
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