By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
Feature, December 14, 2006There Goes the Neighborhood
Kinda pissed: As a Soulard resident, I don't completely detest Mardi Gras, but I have come to dislike it in recent years ["Party Nazis," Chad Garrison] Many of the hundreds of thousands of folks who come into my residential neighborhood seem to believe they can park in private parking spaces and on lawns, pitch beer bottles, plastic cups, beads and other trash throughout the neighborhood, urinate in the alleys, raise audible hell well into the night and essentially make life miserable for those who live there. Why would any neighborhood need hundreds of thousands of carousing drunks as an annual tradition? I don't care which booze sponsors which bars. Why sell booze on the streets anyway? Why not sell it inside the establishments that are set up to do that type of business? As a residual benefit, some of these drunks might also be able to get a meal instead of overpriced fare or ballpark food.
You can have a Mardi Gras party and parades without destroying the neighborhood. All of you outside of Soulard need to remember that if I came into your neighborhood, such as Chesterfield or Town & Country, and did everything I just described in this letter, I would be arrested.
Terry B. Moses, St. Louis Semitic semantics: I am a businessman who has been in Soulard Market for the past fourteen years. I have been on the Soulard Market Vendors board for the past fourteen years, and I represent Soulard Market to Mardi Gras Inc. I have been on Mardi Gras Inc.'s board on and off again for the past six years, and I have been treasurer for the past two years. Last year my partner, Tom Gullickson (who has been in various businesses in Soulard for 21 years), and I built Julia's Market Café in Soulard Market at Ninth and Julia streets with money made from Mardi Gras last year. Julia's Market Café is the first sit-down café Soulard Market has ever had. I am also a Jewish man who is very offended by the use of the word "Nazis" in your article. I believe that you could have used a better word to get your point across.
Ted Greenfield, St. Louis
News Real, December 14, 2006
Till things get straightened out, Ron: Enough already. How long do we have to be bombarded with Vashon stories of dysfunctional organizational procedures?
Ron Williams, St. Louis
Ask a Negro Leaguer, December 14, 2006