People & Places

Best Local Blog 

UrbanReviewSTL

The crosswalk signals are inadequate downtown (except outside Busch Stadium, of course). The new Schnucks Culinaria downtown is a welcome addition, but you have to drive to the third level to park your car. Businesses in the Old Post Office block, promoted as a 24/7 district, are still closed on weekends. Blogger Steve Patterson astutely documents and discusses these issues and more on UrbanReviewSTL, a community blog that focuses on often-overlooked civic problems. Patterson started UrbanReviewSTL five years ago and soon after made his unofficial campaign to fix up St. Louis official by running for an aldermanic seat. He lost, but he blogged on, even as he pursued a master's degree in urban planning and real estate development at Saint Louis U. In 2008 Patterson had a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. Still, he blogs on (now with help from a team of contributors). In a few months he'll complete his postgraduate work. He will, we trust, blog on.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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