The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis will present the John H. Poelker Levee Stone Award to US Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond today. The award is, in fact, a stone from the levee. Given the Senator’s interests, his accomplishments, and his service in the United States Senate, it is particularly fitting that he will be honored today with a piece of vital infrastructure. There is, after all, hardly a brick, a pipe, a paver, or a rail in St. Louis or Missouri for which the funding did not come with his support. In fact, there is a pretty good chance that the very levee stone that will be presented to Senator Bond was replaced with a better, more reliable flood control system that he convinced his Congressional colleagues to approve.
Lambert Airport; Metro; the floodwall that protects the city; much of our stock of affordable housing; the proposed viaducts across Grand Avenue and Tucker; Washington Avenue’s streetscape; the new Mississippi River bridge; and the rehab of the Old Post Office are examples of major works of Kit Bond-supported infrastructure whose construction has — or will — employ thousands of St. Louisans, allow tens of thousands St. Louisans to live in safe housing; get hundreds of thousands of St. Louisans to work or to play; and allow millions of people benefit from our revitalization.
This particular award very much matches its recipient.