There were a lot of people, including a large influx of young people, in the Loop on Saturday night. That's hardly news on a beautiful spring evening. Most of the kids were spirited but well mannered. That's not unusual either.
The Loop is a safe and exciting place to be. That's no accident. St. Louis and University City police work together to make it that way.
But a small number of kids were intent on engaging in violence on Saturday -- first a fistfight and then a shooting leaving two young people injured but stable. That was an unacceptable deviation from the norm.
On Sunday, members of my senior staff, 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and I got together with St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, University City Police Chief Charles Adams, top public safety officials from Washington University, Metro operations director Ray Friem, Pi Pizzeria principal Chris Sommers, Fitz Rootbeer topper Michael Alter, and Blueberry Hill, Moonrise Hotel and Pageant impressario Joe Edwards.
We met for about two hours and shared a raft of ideas. They ranged from adding undercover officers to the mix of police staffing, to treating for police planning purposes weekend nights during Loop's high season like other major events in St. Louis, such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade, to using social media to inform potential Loop trouble makers that being stupid will carry consequences.
The Delmar Loop is a national treasure, a place for St. Louisans from all walks of life to gather and have fun. (I was there myself on Saturday.) We intend to treat it like a treasure.
We intend to do what it takes to make an already safe destination and signature dining and entertainment district even safer -- without exception.