About

nextSTL is the preeminent online source for information and thought provoking commentary and analysis on issues large and small in St. Louis. With 1,500 blog posts from more than 30 authors and regular updates and commentary on Twitter and Facebook, the site is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of our cities.

Focused on a variety of urban issues, the built environment, politics and policy, transportation and preservation, the blog has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KMOX, St. Louis Public Radio, and many other local news sources as well as The Atlantic Cities, Architect’s Newspaper, Planetizen, Next City, and Streetsblog.

nextSTL.com
blog – the hub of nextSTL, breaking news stories, analysis and commentary can be found here, as well as links to the forum, wiki, and social media accounts

forum – home for discussion among the nextSTL community regarding a wide range of issues including education, sports, politics and policy, and the built environment

wiki – a resource for tracking development projects, stories, and events over time, anyone within the nextSTL community can author and edit entries

Social Media
Twitter – 11,000 followers, 22,000 Tweets, live event coverage and links to the most relevant and engaging news and opinion
Facebook – more than 3,200 Likes and home to discussion of recent stories and other issues
Instagram – the photofeed of people, places, and things from across St. Louis and elsewhere
Scribd – the nextSTL library of more than 400 urban planning documents, city meeting agendas, project plans, research and other material
Flickr – all the photo archives of nextSTL
Pinterest – someone told us we should have an account

Create an account on nextSTL
By creating an account, you can access the forum and choose to filter unread comments from the larger discussion, allowing you to quickly see what’s new. The login will also work with a forthcoming wiki and provide access for editing and authoring entries.

Why nextSTL?
Every day decisions both large and small are made that shape our built environment. Many of these decisions are made with no public input or worse yet, with no particular knowledge of the subject at hand. A demolition is approved, a variance granted, a policy changed, streetlights chosen—and this is the process that over time creates our city. Where we live, where we work, where we travel are the result of this often mundane process. Only by being attentive to the choices before us can we effect a more livable future for our neighborhoods and cities.

More important than any stance on a particular issue is that people are attentive to the choices before us and how we can build a more livable future for our neighborhoods and cities. Too few of us are engaged in our communities, and this neglect has led to much of what we now dislike about our towns and cities. Because of this, those who choose to become engaged can and will have substantial influence.

Alex Ihnen - Owner / Editor
971093_616726348346003_1645514509_nBorn and raised in North Manchester, Indiana, Alex attended Indiana University and earned both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public affairs. He has also studied at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. At Indiana Alex won the Little 500 cycling race made famous by the movie Breaking Away. He and his wife moved to St. Louis in 2004. Katie attends Washington University as an M.D./Ph.D. student. The proud parents of daughter Lucy and son Oscar, the family lives in University City. Alex is a member of City to River, an organization dedicated to improving connections between the riverfront and downtown St. Louis. Alex can be found on Twitter and Facebook. The views expressed on this site and related social media by Alex are his alone and do not represent the opinions of his employer or any organization with which he is affiliated.

  • Email: alex at nextstl dot com
  • Phone: 314 941 and 4929
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