by Sam Levin
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay are coming together this morning for a media event to "make a joint announcement that will impact future economic development efforts in the region."
It's mayoral election season and the ongoing debates about a potential city-county merger are alive and well. In the meantime, politicians are allegedly working together -- and with civic and business leaders -- on something that will be good for the city and the county.
What could it be? What should it be? Our top guesses/suggestions below.
4. Zip Line from City to County
When discussing economic development in the region, transportation is very important. And since we already have a very lively debate about zip lines in St. Louis County, why not take it to the next level? Let's, you know, literally connect the city and county in a fun, affordable, convenient way. As long as they avoid killing a bunch of birds, a handy zip line is sure to be a hit with county and city residents alike. And tourists, too!
3. Dog Park Straddling City-County Lines
Everyone loves dogs and parks -- why not unite the two and break down city-county borders at the same time? Wouldn't it be cool if your dog could run back and forth between the city and the county in one beautiful park that could bring people together? And running around with dogs can make people hungry and thus would support surrounding businesses. Bam, economic development.
Continue for more of our city-county ideas.
2. Name A Bunch of Things After Stan Musial
While politicians lobby to name a bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois after the greatest Cardinal that ever lived, why not do this on a more local level and join the city and county through a name that unites us all. We could just rename a street that connects the city and county and put up some commemorations to the late, great Musial and encourage people to visit, walk across the border, and honor our favorite baseball player. (You could call it: The Stan the Man Economic Plan. Catchy, no?)
1. City-County Beer Pong Tournament
Instead of trying to force everyone to get along, why not just embrace city, county tensions and formalize a competitive rivalry through a tournament. What better competition then beer pong? Slay could go up against Dooley, the teams could get corporate sponsorships, winners could get important things like better tax breaks, etc. It'd be one of those win-win-win political deals.