Live Theatre Districtby JDSTLMO 02.28.14
Create a Live Theatre District in Saint Louis to promote the arts and a safe, family-friendly night-life in the City. Designate the three blocks of North Grand Boulevard between Lindell Boulevard and Delmar Boulevard as the "Maya Angelou Live Theatre District," and rename those blocks of Grand to "Maya Angelou Boulevard." Promote locally, regionally, and nationally operated companies to renovate and build along this stretch of midtown with businesses that are related to live theatre and actual venues.
ST LOUIS RIVER CRUISESby JDSTLMO 02.28.14
Start affordable, shorter, smaller, and more regular river cruises. Right now Saint Louis has the tourist attraction of the Arch Riverboat Cruises, but don't you want to be able to take a short and inexpensive ride up and down the river in the middle of your day, maybe throughout more of the year? Setup a dock just north of the helicopter tours dock (just south of Eads Bridge). Offer 40 minute long cruises between March and November. These boats would be smaller and more modern than the what is offered that you can enjoy views from a heated seating area.
St. Louis bike shareby Steve 02.26.14
This is a bike share program or a bike rental with pick up and drop off points at many tourist attractions, to schools, businesses, neighborhoods and urban bike paths thru out St. Louis. This is done in many metropolitan areas and here is a link to one in Denver which is well received, http://denverbikesharing.org/ This helps in green transportation, community involvement and another way to enjoy downtown St. Louis In a unique and fun way that not every city has to offer and with so many people enjoying biking this will allow more people to enjoy our city like they have never done before.
Green Electricity from River Des Peresby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
A plan to get hydroelectric power and a usable River Des Peres in South City. Build a small, low-head gravity dam similar to a weir that has a single turbine generator. This dam would have a small foot-print and it would provide a clean source of electricity. It would also allow for flood control in the city and approximately two miles of usable river.
CWE Pedestrian Bridgesby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Two Pedestrian Crossings Suspended over Kingshighway Between the CWE and Forest Park. This is a very busy area with cars going well over the speed limit, large amounts of cyclist and pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. This is a prime area for walking bridges over the street. Many people park along this road for while visiting businesses, the park, and hospitals...they all need to cross Kingshighway somehow.
Pedestrian Bridge at WashUby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Runners everywhere, it's Forest Park and Washington University...what do you expect. Let's build a pedestrian bridge for the people who like to cross Skinker between Forest Park and the south side of the WashU campus.
SLU Bridge Pedwayby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Construct a Pedestrian Bridge across Grand Street to alleviate all of the pedestrians (mainly students) from dodging cars and holding up traffic. The bridge can be decorative also and promote use of the area for citizens and tourist alike. This is primary a safety and traffic congestion issue.
Smart Lights St Louisby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Install the network of Intellistreets Street Lights throughout St Louis. They are smart and efficient, and fairly inexpensive. We can illuminate our city with less energy with more capabilities. Imagine traffic info immediately, route suggestions, and public notices. 911 call buttons, etc. (See below). Other locations already using these are: Navy Pier in Chicago, Las Vegas, Sony Pictures in Culver City, Ford Health Systems in Detroit, the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Wembley Arena in London, Branson Landing, and 3 other US cities. Intellistreets is a flexible wireless solution for integrating energy efficient lighting, audio, digital signage and more into your city, campus or sporting venue.
UMSL Pedway Bridgeby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Safer crossings for everyone. Build an inexpensive Pedestrian Bridge across Natural Bridge Road just east of West Drive on the UMSL Campus. This would service the middle school and UMSL, keeping our children and college students from playing leap frog with the commuters on this busy street. Safety is a must in this area that is only getting busier and pedestrians are prone to Jaywalking, while drivers are prone to be distracted. This will help eliminate the need to cross the street itself.
Underground Parkingby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Build more underground parking facilities in St Louis and Clayton. Require new buildings to have at least one level of parking underneath their building. More parking facilities will help traffic flow downtown, the more underground, the better!!
More Bike Racksby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Add more bike racks throughout the city. A set every other block in downtown and in the entertainment/business districts. Add them every 5 blocks throughout the city too and at every major bus and train station.
Wider Canal, More Locksby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Allow more river traffic, faster and safer than before. Widen the mouth of the Chain of Rocks Canal by approximately 300 feet up to Lock 27. This would make it easier for barges to navigate this tight corner leading up the Locks and allow for more ships to pass by each other safely at the same time. Then add two more locks to Lock 27 next to the existing ones (to their west) to allow for twice as much traffic. These improvements would make America's Central Port much more efficient and help to promote business to St Louis. The next set of Locks is at the Melvin Price Dam in Alton, and ships must go through the Price Locks and the Locks at the Chain of Rocks.
Build the ILMO MagLevby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Jump start the future by being the first city in the nation to build the Magnetic Levitation Transit System that will transport passengers and freight at speeds near 300 MPH. A nation-wide network has been proposed and recommend by the Department of Transportation to the US Congress to fund the building of this system. The proposal has a route in its 2nd stage of implementation (of 3 stages) to be built from Chicago to Saint Louis to Kansas City, going through Bloomington, Springfield, and Columbia(MO). This system can cheaply and quickly transport anything really, you can now commute to Chicago or Kansas City for work, not to mention the tourist possibilities. We know that we can't build the whole thing, but we can start it up by building connections in the Metro East, Downtown, Lambert, St Charles and Wentzville. How about a maximum of a 20 minute commute?
Second Radar and Weather Stationby JDSTLMO 02.24.14
Better weather forecasting for Saint Louis with reporting from near downtown. Currently, there is one Doppler Radar in the Metro area and that is out in St Charles County near Chesterfield. A second radar built nearly a mile east of downtown would allow for forecaster to see both sides of a storm as it passes through St Louis City and County, while also extending the local radar area further east into Illinois. This ability will show rotation better and the difference in wind directions, helping to pin point severe storms down to street. This can lead to earlier and more accurate warnings to be issued.
St Louis All City Boxingby Ami Mackey 02.06.14
It costs an average of $125,000 per year to keep a juvenile incarcerated. We aim to help keep kids off the street and out of jail cells through a comprehensive program centered around boxing. Our non-profit program doesn't begin and end with boxing gloves. Our program will provide after school academic support, a nutrition program, fitness training, community involvement through volunteering, mentoring and a scholarship program. We aren't your standard boxing gym. We build champions in life as well as in the ring. Providing city youth with a safe place to thrive is our goal.
Fishing on the Water Frontby BulBob 02.03.14
The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri is what made St Louis such an important place, full of history and should be highlighted like the Arch for visitors and residents. I hope to win the Rally St. Louis contest with the votes from sportsman, nature lovers and anyone that understands the importance of going fishing! I love fishing and conceived my invention while visiting St Louis and looking at the Mississippi. My invention makes river fishing more fun. Fishing with Prowler Planers is like fishing in a barrel from a boat on a rope. www.ProwlerPlaners.com.