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When Steve Patterson suffered a debilitating stroke that nearly killed him and left him partially paralyzed three years ago, the former real estate broker could have downshifted into a low-pressure life, living comfortably on a disability pension. But Patterson instead chose to turn the pressure up, writing daily musings and rants on his blog, Urban Review STL, about the gaping problems of the city and what should be done to fix them. He's proven that you don't need shoe leather to find the daily story as long as you have a strong set of tires. Each day, Patterson cruises the city in his wheelchair and takes photos of interesting buildings and streetscapes. Each picture becomes a peg for his blog, which he uses as a sounding board for his indefatigable advocacy for downtown renewal. He's become one of the city's influential voices on urban planning and public policy.

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