Large Senior Population in the St. Louis Region has Significant Impacts on Taxes, Economy, and Transportation

By Mary Lazare, Vice President of Home and Community Based Services, Lutheran Senior Services

Where We Stand Preview blog posts represent the opinion of the author and do not represent the view of East-West Gateway of Governments. This post is part of the Where We Stand 7th Edition Preview Blog Series. View other posts in the series here.

Compared to our peer MSA’s, St. Louis stands out as having a significant older adult population, including older adults with disabilities and those living alone. The older adult population (65 and over) represents 14.4 percent of our total population. That percentage equates to over 404,000 people, and 113,000 of these seniors are

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Enhanced Transportation Options Needed for all Citizens

By Shay Schindler, Transportation Planner, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Where We Stand Preview blog posts represent the opinion of the author and do not represent the view of East-West Gateway of Governments. This post is part of the Where We Stand 7th Edition Preview Blog Series. View other posts in the series here.

The tragic story of LaTonya Williams does not typify commuting reality for most residents of St. Louis, but for those without a car and dependent on public transit or other ways to get to work, her story is painfully familiar.

On November 7th last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first told the story of 18-year-old

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Where Does St. Louis Stand? EWG previews the 7th edition of Where We Stand with guest commentaries

Historically, one popular catch phrase that summed up St. Louis was “first in booze, first in shoes, and last in the American League.”

That description was from the middle of the previous century, when the city was known for its number and output of breweries, its pre-eminence in shoe production, and, alas, for the St. Louis Browns consistently finishing last in the American League.

Long ago the brewery on Pestalozzi Street lost its distinction of being the largest single-site brewery for production of beer. That status was taken over by the Coors brewery in Golden, Co. Anheuser Busch was taken over by InBev, and the new beer magnate maintains the

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Executive Director Hillhouse to leave East-West Gateway on June 30

(for more information, contact D.J. Wilson at 314.421.4220, ext. 261 or 314.550.6334)

Edward Hillhouse, who served as executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments since 2010, announced his resignation Friday from the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization. Hillhouse’s resignation takes effect June 30.

Hillhouse will continue to teach at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, and serve as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Administration.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the public for the last 45 years and now I am returning to education, which is the key improving so many aspects of the quality of life in

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Researchers, policy practitioners need better communication to meet sustainability goals

Better communication between researchers and those implementing public policy is key to a more sustainable St. Louis, according to presentations and discussions at a recent conference that included a “Report to the Region 2015” about the progress of OneSTL.

The day-long conference, “Linking Research and Practice: Equitable Economic Growth and Sustainable Water Infrastructure” was held Jan. 23 at Saint Louis University. The conference was a partnership of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, OneSTL, and the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University.

John Wagner, president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, described the conference as an effort to describe the regional sustainability plan known as OneSTL. The plan,

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