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Great River Road, Illinois
Hey St Louis folks, in Grafton they created something called "Sky Tours" that is so much fun, you pay ten bucks and get a great view of the Mississippi. Plus they deposited me at a beer fest! #STL
Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois
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A short thread:

Once a week, for the last 12 weeks, I've asked local people to meet for coffee.

Specifically, I've asked those who seem to be working hard to make #STL better.

I was/am interested in the challenges & opportunities ahead of our city from THEIR perspective.
For all but two (whom I've known in passing) I was meeting these people for the first time.

The recommendations on who to talk with came from mutual friends, recent news stories and from here, on twitter.

I am humbled by how many said "yes" to meeting without much convincing.
The list included a/an:

- trauma doctor
- entrepreneur
- attorney at a big firm
- school teacher
- local news producer
- social worker
- SLMPD detective
- lobbyist
- data scientist
- corporate leader
- local reporter
- labor leader
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In other cities “Street teams” of PD, social workers, nurses (NPs) & nonprofit groups have improved a variety of issues including violence escalation, mental health & homelessness.

Ive suggested this model to the Mayor & #StL PublicSafetyDir. It has, so far, fallen on deaf ears.
“It takes a village”, “we wont arrest our way out of this”... use whatever moniker you’d like.

The reality is that Public Safety continues to bear the brunt of political/policy failures up the line.

Innovative thinking & a collective, cohesive effort is a great place to start.
One last note here.

The model:

-is a force multiplier for good (especially for a PD thats down 150+ officers)

-is liked by other orgs b/c it OFTEN saves them money down the line (wait times in ER, units in service, etc)

-encourages a collective response to civic challenges
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Today, I remember Chris Walsh.

Chris was a medic w/ the @STLFireDept, and a Corpsman 2nd Class w/ the @USNavy.

He was killed by an IED on 4 Sep 2006, conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq serving w/ 3rd Batt, 24th Regiment, 4th @USMC Division.

Already an experienced medic assigned to #STL's ever-busy Engine House 32, he volunteered to go to Iraq as medic after enlisting as a reservist in 2004.

Throughout his deployment his team leader said Chris "nurtured & cared for the Marines of his platoon in an exemplary manner".
One night, while on patrol in Anbar province - and having just survived an IED attack - Chris saved a young Iraqi baby's life.

"Baby Mariam"

It is an incredible story of poise & courage & you can watch a short video about it here:

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Tower Tee is saved, St Louis! I am rejoicing in this because it's the only good thing to happen in weeks! 😄
I love Tower Tee so much! ❤ Thank you, vigilant defenders of Tower Tee! #STL
New Tower Tee owners: please make the new Tower Tee look like the old Tower Tee. I don't want normal mini-golf. I want to hit a ball through the Arch with the Blues emblem hanging from it. #STL
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11 yrs ago I rescued puppy while on duty at an #StL firehouse.

Over the next decade+, we would be inseparable. On adventures, on walks around the neighborhood, or sitting by the fire at home.

She passed away in my arms last night, peacefully, after a resolute fight w/ cancer.
We’ve had dogs in & around our family my whole life.

They are all loved and special in their own ways.

But the bond that Bella and I had together was incredible.

We could communicate with glances and head nods.

My wife would joke that it felt like we were ganging up on her.
Over the yr we’ve taken 1000s of walks together – from state parks to national monuments, cathedrals to universities.

As life came crashing against our door –grad school, promotions, loss, injury & sickness– our routine stayed the same.

She was always grounding.

Always loyal.
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#STL is gaining a national reputation for the culinary arts, thanks to @ViciaRestaurant, @NudoHouseSTL, @LonasLilEats, #TurnSTL, @stonesoupstl & more. Read:…
#STLMade Qui Tran of Nudo House
Multilingual workers are in demand, and #STL is preparing folks for it. STL-born & foreign-born folks both have an advantage bc of our schools, @iistl, @STLMosaic & more. Read:…
#STLMade Vin Ko of the St. Louis Mosaic Project
#STL has been lauded as being one of the nation's most meaningfully inclusive cities for tech. @VentureCafeSTL, @LaunchCoderGirl & @HawthornSTL are a few reasons why. Read:…
#STLMade A session at Venture Cafe St. Louis
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#BREAKING: After five year review, @BTstl releases plan to merge #STL city and county into one metro city through a statewide vote in 2020. If approved, would be 9th largest city in America. @ksdknews
We would have one mayor and a 33 member council with one police department, one court system. Existing municipalities would become districts with limited power. Fire and school districts would largely remain the same. @ksdknews
At it stands today, there are 115 governmental bodies, 90 municipalities, 55 police departments and 81 municipal courts across #STL city and county. @BTstl says bureaucracy and fragmentation is holding region back. @ksdknews
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In 2010, I covered a @Bourdain book-tour stop at #stl’s @TheFoxTheatre where a boy with leukemia asked his culinary idol where he should go eat - anywhere in the world - once he’s in remission. Bourdain didn’t hesitate: Spain. But then...1/3
...after @Bourdain left town and our story about the tour appearance ran, his assistant reached out to me, privately. Bourdain wanted to help send this kid to Spain and make it the time of his life. 2/3
So, with the help of @MakeAWish, Evan Piña-White went to Spain. We wrote about that -… - but the story doesn’t mention Bourdain’s involvement (per his wishes). He set the kid up at the best restaurants & helped make the trip incredible. He was special. 3/3
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It's with a heavy heart that we closed the doors to @WellspringSTL. I wanted to share some of my experiences at this beautiful church. (thread incoming)
I first attended the Well on the 1st anniversary of #MikeBrown's death, August 2015. Upon arrival, a later familiar face greeted me with a hearty "Good morning and welcome to Wellspring!" I then received a hug from another friend-to-be and was shown to my seat with a coffee.
The service was both memorial and call to action; something must be done to stop these police killings. I had participated in the Boston marches last year, but @FWillisJohnson delivered a sermon that truly stirred my spirit. What soon transpired was a life-changing journey.
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So yesterday I damn near got hit by a car, driven by a police officer, who recklessly endangered at least dozens of people if not more.
What happened next was: protesters - the front-line Ferguson crew, specifically, de-escalated the situation while police did the opposite.
And with NO MENTION of that car incident, the police in #STL are now saying that protesters were just weirdly angry! Nearly spontaneously!
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