Vodkapundit, a longtime blogger and now Tweeter wrote this yesterday to Brook Brothers, the longtime clothing store which caters to the more wealthy among us.
"Dear Brooks Brothers, I thought we'd talked about this and the answer is still no." Check out the link and tell me you won't either laugh or be more than a little horrified about what a traditionally preppy store is trying to sell.
Last night there was a forum of local small business owners and some local officials who got together to attempt to reach an understanding about how best to encourage new business. The meeting had a twitter tag #letstalk and one big thing came out of it.
It was the strong concensus of the business owners that it was just too hard to deal with all the paperwork and regulations the city requires before they can get their business up and running. There is an office for this and another for that. Most cities, at least the cities who go after new business, do things much more efficiently which means using a one stop website.
Mayor Slay tweeted during the forum and said this: "Most government offices are still organized around a service window and paper documents."
Then he said, "A lesson from #letstalk, city government must do better than it has in the past."
Ok. How long has Slay been mayor? How long has the internet been around? How many years has it been since other cities, schools, businesses began using websites to get the nitty gritty work done?
My answer would be, "many years". What has made St. Louis city so far behind that they still make people go from one office to another and fill out forms in one office after another before they can get going?
I follow @BeschlossDC on Twitter. Michael Beschloss is a presidential historian and PBS Newshour contributor who tweets intriguing photos of US history sites/people and etc. Last night he linked to a photo of the early construction of Chicago's Grant Park, a park which was created to be always and forever a peoples park. Grant Park currently is 300 acres and is home to the most famous of that city's landmarks-Art Institute, Buckingham Fountain, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Millenium Park, statues, ball fields and much more.
It was to be bounded on one side by Michigan Avenue and the Lake Michigan on the other. What's interesting is that originally the land was constantly swamped due to erosion. When it came time to create the park, debris from the Chicago Fire of 1871 was used as fill and that fill became most of the actual park.
Michael Beschloss found a photo of the grading of the area now the Art Institute after it was filled with the Fire debris.
What might be found buried under all that sand should someone ever dredge there?