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Gloria Bilchik is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is co-founder of Occasional Planet, a progressive blog focused on positive developments in government, creative thinking on current issues, and progressive people, programs and idea.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Why you should consider waking up at 4 am on Nov. 6
More people need to sign up to be pollworkers on Nov. 6, to ensure that the election is administered fairly and competently. It's a great way to do something for democracy, even though it's a long day.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Confessions of a ReUseIt junkie
Listing items on the ReUseIt site has helped me keep lots of good stuff out of landfills and gotten it into the hands of people who actually need it.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 15, 2011 Pruitt-Igoe documentary: Myths, Ghosts and Survivors of a colossal urban policy failure
"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" is a new documentary that reopens the dialogue about the huge public housing project in St. Louis that failed--not because its residents were poor, but because the policies and socio-economic trends around it doomed it. Archival footage from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, plus on-screen interviews with former residents bring the story to live.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 24, 2010 St. Louis Arch to get a makeover. One's citizen's view of the options
2+ million people visit the St. Louis Arch every year, but the iconic monument is showing its age--almost 50 years old. A makeover is in the works, including reconnecting the Mississippi River to downtown St. Louis. Here's one citizen's take on the proposals under consideration.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 17, 2010 $10,440 in South Carolina vs. $0 in Vermont
Alvin Greene paid $10,440 to get his name on the ballot for US Senate from South Carolina. What are the "entry fees" in other states? Here's a complete rundown, with observations about what it all means.