Mob of Angry Del Taco Lovers Noticeably Absent from City Hall

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Laura Miller
​More than 9,000 enraged citizens have shown their support of the Del Taco on South Grand by clicking the "Like" button on the "Save St. Louis Del Taco" Facebook page. Democracy in action! The people are speaking! As the Arab Spring has taught us, social media can topple power structures. And clearly, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis' bill that would allow demolition of the Del Taco building has rallied the youth of St. Louis into a furor.

Just not enough to get them to show up at an Alderman Meeting.

The calls on Facebook to protest the bill at City Hall this morning went mostly unanswered. The aldermanic chambers were as serene as always, with the usual public attendance of six or seven citizens, who may or may not have been there for the Del Taco cause.

Not that there was anything to see anyway. Board Bill #105, which would create a community improvement district for the acreage including the Del Taco at South Grand and Forest Park, was simply introduced and then immediately sent to committee. (It's now on the agenda for the housing, urban development and zoning subcommittee meeting set for Wednesday at 10 a.m.) With summer recess coming in two weeks, it will likely not reach the floor for a vote until September. So it'll be interesting to see if the passion against the bill survives the next two months.

Much of the support for the Del Taco at 212 South Grand Avenue stems from the building's flying saucer shape. Originally a Phillips 66 gas station, the landmark is part of a complex that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. That's why any decision to demolish it has to be approved by the city's board of aldermen. The bill sent to committee today declares the building to be in a "blighted area," which would ultimately allow developer Rick Yackey to bring in the wrecking ball -- and build a strip mall instead.

What did get voted on today? Well, the city's budget was passed -- as expected, virtually every city department took a hit. O'Fallon Park will get those speed bumps we reported on last week. And the board approved a twelve percent water rate increase and advanced a bill for a new trash fee, which will be voted on next week.

Exciting stuff, surely. Too bad there were so few citizens there to see it.

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Sheri
Sheri

I couldn't take a day off work to be there, but believe me, come the next vote, we will all remember.

Tj9638
Tj9638

I'll echo some of the other comments:  SOME OF US WORK FOR A LIVING! If the City aldermen were really public servants, they should schedule these meetings after 5 PM and/or on Saturdays. Let's hear it! Are the aldermen true public servants?

Jebrial Saladtoss
Jebrial Saladtoss

They were too busy sleeping off the hangover and puking the del taco they ate the night before.  Seriously that place is shitty. Who cares.

Chris
Chris

Fuck, they're raising the water bill?  Time for some more pointless and unnecessary watering of my yard.

MS
MS

This is an idiotic article meant only to antagonize, and falling quite short at it.

lux
lux

Knowledge is power.  Ignorance is your worst enemy.

Samaha
Samaha

 You are award that we can use Facebook on our own time and that a good percentage of us actually work for a living during the hours when you propose we should be rioting out in front of the building?  Self-righteous ass.

Dana Geister
Dana Geister

I was surprised by the lack of people there as well. Hopefully Wednesday will get a better turn out. Anyone know if the public forums for these things allow for power point presentations?

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Yes, because so much notice was given.  That's how this works.  They try to get the bills passed and the demolition scheduled before anyone has time to notice.  The process has just begun.  I hope the BOA realizes how these situations effect their future electability.  Please sign the petition to save one of the last mid-century modern structures in this city!  http://www.change.org/petition...

MidwestMentality.com
MidwestMentality.com

In addition: From Alderman, Kacie Starr Triplett: "The media inaccurately reported that the Board of Alderman was scheduled to vote on this issue today. It was simply first read, meaning no action has been taken. There will be a public comment portion then it will go to the board of Aldermen for full consideration."

MidwestMentality.com
MidwestMentality.com

So few knew about it, but they're learning about the one on Wednesday! :)

Mike N.
Mike N.

Well, some people actually have to work.

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