Julius Hemphill may not have resided in St. Louis for his entire life. But it didn't take long for the jazz legend to make his mark in the Gateway City. Hemphill -- who was born on this day in 1938 -- was an jazz virtuoso who unleashed a string of groundbreaking music over his career. Born in Texas ... More >>
Not much has changed since Riverfront Times reported on the school dropout crisis back in January of 2009. Since 2004, the high-school graduation rate in the St. Louis public schools has slid from 61 percent to 45 percent, 30 percentage points below the average for the state of Missouri. Nobo ... More >>
Margaret Wolf Freivogel, founder and editor of the St. Louis Beacon‚ÄčThe other online-only news venture featuring former writers from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has folded. Even the P-D itself is downsizing -- eliminating a Saturday newsstand edition in its entirety.But almost three years after it ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/lambdachialphaJohn C. Danforth‚ÄčChristmas came about nine days early to Washington University this year when the Danforth Foundation donated $30 million to establish a new center to examine the role of religion in politics in the United States.The new center, called, unsurprisingl ... More >>
The grand opening of the Old Post Office Plaza gets underway at 9th and Olive Streets at 4 p.m. today (a.k.a. happy hour!).The new $8-million, 30,000-square-foot plaza was once home to a surface parking lot. Earlier this week cranes swung and workers placed finishing touches on the public space, who ... More >>
So now maybe there won't be a big American migration museum on the Arch grounds. On the heels of my story last week about the St. Louis Arch grounds, and specifically the fact that Congressman William ''Lacy'' Clay had introduced a bill in Congress which would transfer control of parts of the gro ... More >>
A look at north St. Louis from ground zero.
Why didn't Live at the Levee make a big 'Splash?
The Crossing, 7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314-721-7375
The Roberts brothers fight to bring back life to north St. Louis
Maybe itís time to revisit Steve Stogelís redevelopment plan for the Old Post Office downtown
There was nothing wrong with the Missouri Botanical Garden's downtrodden neighbor to the north that a bulldozer couldn't fix
Week of December 4, 2002
Week of November 20, 2002
Different factions scramble for the spring school-board elections, but ex-Mayor Schoemehl looks like one of the few who's interested.
Wealthy investors spend millions to resurrect the neighborhood near Bellefontaine Cemetery. They discover that money can't do everything.
The Danforth Foundation joins the long march to replace the School Board's "Gang of Four"
Born without arms, John Foppe gives adversity a swift kick in the pants
Sometimes doing good can be worse than doing nothing at all
St. Louis 2004 has spent millions in the name of civic revival, but most of the money has gone to fatten its staff. Too bad they haven't delivered much more than buzz.
If you liked the City Museum, just look at what Bob Cassilly is doing now
Last Friday was a big day for Our Town
After more than 150 years of operation, Soulard Market is being reinvented. But the change isn't going down easily.
The Missouri Botanical Garden teams up with the Shaw Neighborhood, infamous for its feuds, to reach across I-44 in an effort to rescue McRee Town. All that's needed are a few miracles and about $50 million.
City schools face an uncertain future -- a crucial court settlement, a Feb. 2 sales-tax vote, a teachers' union opposed to the tax, accreditation tests this spring and the prospect of a state takeover. It could be a school year from hell.