The Future Great City podcast

nextSTL began as the St. Louis Urban Workshop in 2009. Since then, the site has continued to evolve. Incorporating more voices across more platforms to tell the story, past, present, & future, of St. Louis. The evolution of Facebook and Twitter has changed the discussion, and the process of writing about urban and civic issues. Conferences, events, appearances by nextSTL contributors on radio and television, we’ve done, and will continue to do it all. Now it’s time to launch the Future Great City podcast. The podcast will facilitate more conversations with more of the people shaping St. Louis today.
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Feb 28, 2017

Just a week ahead of the decisive Democratic primary in the St. Louis City mayoral contest, our guest is city Treasurer and mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones.

We have also spoken to mayoral candidates Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen (listen to Lewis on the Future Great City podcast) and Lyda Krewson, Alderwoman for the 28th Ward (listen to Lyda on the Future Great City podcast).

From the Tishaura Jones for Mayor website (see her policy statements here):

Building on a background as a public servant, financial services professional, and educator, Tishaura O. Jones was sworn in as Treasurer of St. Louis on January 1, 2013. She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of St. Louis and is running for Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

Oct 26, 2016

Our guest this week is St. Louis City President of the Board of Aldermen and mayoral candidate, Lewis Reed. Reed became the second official candidate for Room 200, a seat occupied by Mayor Francis Slay for the past 15 years. 28th Ward alderwoman Lyda Krewson was the first to announce a run in June. Listen to Lyda on the Future Great City podcast here.

Reed is currently in his third term as president of the Board of Alderman, a citywide elected office. Prior to that office, Reed was elected to two terms as alderman for the city's 6th Ward. He unsuccessfully challenged Slay in the 2013 mayoral contest. 2013 saw basically a one-on-one primary, while the coming contest could feature a half-dozen or more candidates vying for the open seat.

We plan to invite each officially declared candidate for mayor on the Future Great City podcast and feature interviews on a single page to better inform city voters. Our conversation with Lewis Reed ran well over an hour and we veered off into talking cycling and the city near the end. As a result, this podcast is presented in two parts, with the second half posted next week.

Reed's announcement to run again was made with this video: Lewis Reed for Mayor of St Louis 2017, and accompanied by the following statement:

St. Louis, Missouri-President of the Saint Louis Board of Alderman Lewis Reed released a video today (August 8, 2016) as an introduction to the community on his candidacy. Reed had previously made it public that he will be running for mayor, but this is the official announcement and first campaign communication. In the video, Reed highlights his diverse family life and why it is always best to include diverse opinions & perspectives, compassion and respect for others when addressing an issue.

Also highlighted is his success in spearheading development in Lafayette Square and on Washington Ave as Aldermen of the 6th Ward, creation of Bike St. Louis, creating funding sources for youth programs, and bringing the NextDoor platform to the City of St. Louis.

Jun 28, 2016

Two weeks ago, City of St. Louis Alderwoman Lyda Krewson announced her candidacy for mayor. We speak with her about the 28th Ward, why she first decided to run for city office, how she has approached her run for mayor, and more.

Krewson, the chief financial officer of PGAV Architects, was first elected to the city's Board of Aldermen in 1997 in a special election. She has been re-elected five times, more recently in 2015. The 28th Ward encompasses parts of the six city neighborhoods: Central West End, DeBaliviere Place, Hi-Pointe, Skinker-DeBaliviere, West End, and Wydown-Skinker.

Krewson earned an education degree from Truman State University, and an accounting degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is currently the Chair of the Transportation & Commerce Committee, and serves on the Airport Commission and Port Authority.

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Lyda Krewson for Mayor website