Visitors Commission

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Cotton Belt Freight Depot: Local Artists Dream Of Adding Giant Mural To Iconic Ruin (Photos)

    Shuttered since 1959, the once bustling Cotton Belt Freight Depot is a 750-foot-long concrete ruin of graffiti, rot and trash. The structure is virtually invisible to city dwellers, hidden as it is behind a row of factories on the north riverfront. But with the opening of the nearby Stan Musial Ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Rams' Proposal for Edward Jones Dome Revealed

    Today Attorney General Chris Koster is expected to release details of the St. Louis Rams' counter-proposal on how to fix up the Edward Jones Dome -- despite objections from the football team and the Convention and Visitors Commission. We're not saying who, but someone very close to the negotiations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    So, the Rams Are London Bound?

    ​Perhaps you missed it in the run-up to last night's rather big game, but Jim Thomas over at the Post-Dispatch reported late yesterday that the Rams and the Convention and Visitors Commission are very close to an agreement concerning that troubling proviso in the lease. As you may recall, the Rams ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    "Live it Up in New St. Lou": The City's Newest Theme Song?

    As November wanes toward its inevitable tryptophan haze, and St. Louisians begin preparations for the holiday slog, a quick reminder of the not so distant past -- 75 degree days, sunlight until 9 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. -- is more than welcome. The Sheldon recently debuted a new St. Louis anthem, " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    St. Louis More Welcoming Than Memphis!

    Finally!Our river city might play second fiddle to Memphis when it comes to barbecue, and the Delmar Loop might not offer the bluesy, boozy embrace of Beale Street, but when it comes to God-friendliness, St. Louis is now entitled to bragging rights.COGIC and the STL Convention & Visitors Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Renaissance Grand Hotel: Doomed From the Start?

    The marriage between the Renaissance Grand and St. Louis was rocky from the start.The Renaissance Grand & Suites downtown goes on the auction block today, having not made enough money to keep pace with its debt payments.The owners of the hotel, Historic Restoration, Inc., lament the sale, but se ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2008
  • News

    May 16, 2007

    Bad Blood

    Ever hear the one about the unions and the convention bureau?

  • News

    November 23, 2005

    Donkey Discord

    Christmas in St. Charles gets a commercial sheen

  • News

    April 21, 2004

    Sculpture Shock

    SLU president Lawrence Biondi says he leased his Trova from the city fair and square, for $10 a year. Others beg to differ.

  • Culture

    December 5, 2001

    Get a Room

    Lodging revenues are down since Sept. 11, and that could mean trouble for the arts

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    The Great St. Louis Casino War

    Published the week of July 5-11, 2000

  • News

    March 1, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of March 1

  • News

    February 23, 2000

    The Deal of the Century

    Convention and Visitors Commission honcho John Ferrara gets hot and bothered about the RFT's treatment of the Trans World Dome deal; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • News

    February 2, 2000


    Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses

  • News

    April 21, 1999

    Grand Illusion

    Ten years ago, Grand Center Inc. set out to create the region's "premier arts, entertainment and education district." They fixed the sidewalks and brought in the lights. It's a nice place to visit, but nobody stays.