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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.
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.
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.
$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.