Another Election Day in the books. St. Louis had a historic night on Tuesday, electing the first female mayor in our city's history. But some would say that news was overshadowed by the vote to NOT publicly fund a soccer stadium. It was a heated debate, one honestly no one could predict until the votes were cast. And trust me, lots of people asked me what I thought would happen. I had no idea. But we know now, the people did not want to use city funds for soccer. Or at least the 30 percent of voters that came out to the polls.
I was shocked when someone asked me about my "I Voted" sticker, asking what election was going on. As a reporter obviously I'm a little more in tune with what's going on but I'm always surprised when I hear people don't know about an election. We've been talking about it for ages and there are billboards every where (plus my mail box has been filled with nothing but political mailers!).
But that's on us as the media to make sure more people know next time, I'm always asking people who they consume news, I know many don't watch it on TV, so is it Facebook, is it an app, Twitter?
We need to know so we can get people the information that impacts their every day life. Another story I did this week was about big changes to a major roadway. County leaders are looking to take it from five lanes to three, that's going to affect a lot of people! And the county wants to hear from people, but how do we make sure all those people KNOW their opinion matters? That's the million dollar question. But this story was one that generated a lot of opinions.
I wanted to start off talking to a local business and that led me to Federhofer's Bakery in Affton. I LOVE discovery new businesses when out reporting. Especially businesses where I can eat donuts. The bakery was in support of the changes, but others were not. We talked to homeowners who are worried about traffic. I talked to both if them for 10 minutes or so, plus the man in charge of the project. That makes it a challenge to fit all the different sides into a minute and a half story. But that's my job! And I wouldn't change it. :)
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