As a former St. Louis alderman, I know how hard that job is. I commend all 28 of them for their efforts on behalf of their constituents and the City of St. Louis. The actions of two aldermen caught my eye this past week.
Ald. Phyllis Young (7th Ward) worked especially hard to craft a bill that could mean the revitalization of the long-shuttered Kiel Opera House, and to find enough compromises to win overwhelming approval of the bill from a key aldermanic committee.
Ald. Antonio French (21st Ward) introduced a bill that will finally bring preservation review — a carefully defined look at each proposed demolition — to the historic structures in his ward.
Too few residents realize that the weekly two or three hours of televised aldermanic meetings are only a small part of each alderman’s service.