Phyllis Young

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Downtown Bar Owners Say Ballpark Village Is Cannibalizing Their Profits

    It's a Thursday night during Cardinals' postseason, and the FOX Sports Midwest Live! bar at Ballpark Village is packed. It's standing room only, and everyone's gaze is fixed on the bar's 40-foot LED screen, watching St. Louis take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the series. A sea of people, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Sharon Carpenter's Strange Fight for the Recorder of Deeds Office

    Dressed in tuxedos and glittering bow ties, Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett ascended St. Louis City Hall's marble staircase to the second floor prepared to do something illegal — a secret operation months in the making. Garrett, a 51-year-old archivist for the city's Recorder of Deeds offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Big Changes Coming to the Mark Twain Hotel, Once a Safe Haven for City's Most Troubled

    The Mark Twain Hotel — despite its long and controversial history — is still gorgeous on the outside. Intricate, cream-colored terra-cotta bands wrap three sides of the former luxury hotel, including the entirety of the second floor. Griffins and cherubs stare down at loiterers on the si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Musicians Squawk As City Quadruples Price of a Street Performer Permit

    On January 1, the city quietly quadrupled the price of a busker's permit from $25 to $100 annually -- and Charles Haller of the Bates Street Folk and Blues Band feels compelled to make some noise. "It's going to diminish the music on the streets of St. Louis," he predicts to Daily RFT. Haller con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Musicians Squawk As City Quadruples Price of a Street Performer Permit

    On January 1, the city quietly quadrupled the price of a busker's permit from $25 to $100 annually -- and Charles Haller of the Bates Street Folk and Blues Band feels compelled to make some noise.  "It's going to diminish the music on the streets of St. Louis," he predicts to Daily RFT. Haller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Alderwoman Phyllis Young on Board Shrinkage: I May Never Pass Another Bill Again!

    Alderwoman Phyllis Young of the Seventh Ward was the one who really pushed to allow city voters to decide whether to shrink the city's governing board from 28 to 14 members by 2022. Not all of her colleagues liked her idea, but she did it anyway. The measure did pass on election day -- leaving her " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    So the Board of Aldermen Will Shrink in Ten Years. Now What?

    On election day, city voters approved Prop R, which will shrink the Board of Aldermen from 28 to 14 members by 2022. But even among board members, uncertainty remains about how this will actually go down. "I opposed it," says Eleventh Ward Alderman Tom Villa. "My concept of an alderman is front line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    The Pros and Cons of Shrinking the Board of Aldermen, a.k.a. Prop R

    Here we go, St. Louisans: Time to decide whether we should shrink the Board of Aldermen from 28 members down to 14 members by 2021. Even aldermanic proponents such as Phyllis Young of the Seventh Ward and Scott Ogilvie of the Twenty-Fourth Ward concede that it wouldn't save taxpayers a lot of cash. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    "Saucer on South Grand" Developer Gets His Tax Abatement

    Albert Samaha​Developer Rick Yackey will get the tax abatement he requested to redevelop The Saucer on South Grand. As expected, the Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill #118 today, by a vote of 15 to 9. Given the bill's high profile, most of this debate had already been hashed out over the pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Nightclubbing: The Warehouse, A New Bar/Venue on Jefferson

    Diana BenantiThe Warehouse, 2501 South Jefferson. ​If you've been to the Way Out or Trader Bob's in recent months, you may have noticed a new venue popped up a few doors down from those Jefferson Avenue institutions. The Warehouse opened in late November, and owner Tony Labarbera says so far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    How Much Are Lobbyists Spending on Your St. Louis Alderman?

    kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.​Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Downtown Residents Want Lure Nightclub Disciplined or Closed

    Members of the Downtown St. Louis Residents Association hosted a meeting last night to discuss what can be done about disruptive behavior outside area nightclubs. ​Of specific concern to the group is the Lure nightclub (formerly Lucky's) at 1204 Washington Avenue. Just last week club-goers who may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Committee of Homeless People Meet to Air Grievances to City Officials (But Few Show Up) / CC BY-SA 2.0​It was supposed to be an exchange between city officials and downtown's homeless. By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 50 people had filled up room 306 of the St. Louis Public Library's central branch. But for a pair of cops and a few service provider ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Horny Mothers, Bonehead Academics, "Butt" Peddlers and Questionable Politicos: Who is This Week's Ass Clown?

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of the week again. Vote for the local headline maker you think made the biggest ass of themselves this week. And the nominees...1. Mizzou Officials: Administrators at University of Missouri helped make headlines this week when they sold old cell phones belongi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Controversy Brewing Over Soulard Oktoberfest

    Now that I have your attention, take note: The Soulard Oktoberfest may be forced to move downtown this year.Alderwoman Phyllis Young, the Historic Soulard Market Merchant's Association, and a handful of neighborhood residents say the annual festival, now entering its sixth year, has outgrown its loc ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 9, 2004

    Man at Work

    First Run Theatre offers plays that are under construction

  • News

    August 8, 2001

    When the Levy Breaks

    Two years and more than $4 million later, a downtown tax is drowning under charges that it was illegally imposed

  • News

    July 25, 2001

    You're in St. Louis Now

    If you thought Irene Smith was strange, you haven't been to City Hall lately

  • Dining

    May 9, 2001

    Side Dish

    Negotiations for a new riverfront restaurant are going swimmingly

  • News

    July 19, 2000

    A Twist of Faith

    From her small-town Baptist roots to her run for public office, Jeanette Mott Oxford has relied on her religious convictions to overcome fear and prejudice -- including her own.

  • News

    June 14, 2000

    Last Call for 3 a.m. Closings

    Mediating the city's liquor-license madness is enough to drive an alderman to drink

  • News

    June 7, 2000

    The Albatross

    St. Louis has a long and tortured history with the Admiral, home of the President Casino, but the city is about to gamble another $3 million to keep it afloat. It's a risky bet.

  • News

    March 29, 2000

    Not Such E-Z Terms for the E-Z Hotel

    The St. Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill funding the new convention-center hotel, but many of the lawmakers aren't very happy with their handiwork; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • Music

    March 8, 2000

    Jungle Boogie

    St. Louis clubs play host to inspired DJs

  • News

    October 20, 1999


    When a nightclub switched to hip-hop, Laclede's Landing and the city clamped down. The fans don't fit in with the plans.

  • News

    October 6, 1999


    After more than 150 years of operation, Soulard Market is being reinvented. But the change isn't going down easily.

  • News

    March 17, 1999

    Reclamation Project

    Youth Build works to rebuild lives as it rebuilds the city