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  1. Article on Bess

    This article just makes me wanna...
  2. 2017-2018 Season Prediction thread

    I've also noticed increased activity from the athletic department, including tweets about articles that are hyping certain players. I can't say it's not increasing my optimism some.
  3. Recruiting - 2018 class

    Dude looks great in Billiken grey!
  4. OT: Midtown Development

    No problem. Your overall point was right on though. I'm sure we could have a very long conversation about how the city's assessment practices are all over the map.
  5. OT: Midtown Development

    Brian, this actually isn't correct. I took a look because I couldn't believe it. For whatever reason, the property has been subdivided into 11 separate parcels, all with individual assessments and taxes owed. The $2,300 is only for one of the improved parcels and the actual tax figure for the entire property is probably closer to 10 times this. That said, the city does have issues with how it assesses property and some fixes are needed.
  6. Off topic: Moderation

    I must say that I'm "liking" this "good post" function so far. Nice add. Now I don't have to type in +1 to all of Ace's posts.
  7. Pomeroy and Home Court Advantage

    Not bad. Clearly attributable to those in Section 108 who are lobbying the officials on behalf of the team. Because it certainly isn't the students.
  8. 2018 U.S. News Rankings

    I could be mistaken, but I'm fairly certain Mizzou used to have a significantly higher ranking (was comparable to SLU, which also had a higher ranking), so it's certainly possible that the state's recent reduction in higher ed investments has lead to a decline in stature. No clue where MO State, Rolla, Truman, etc. ranked previously. While I don't disagree that it's easier to make increased investments in education when the economy is growing at a higher rate, I don't really agree that it's a chicken-egg question. I think there is plenty of evidence out there to suggest that those states have stronger economies in part because they made the additional investments in higher education. Nearly all that score well in these areas are high-tax states and they've been willing to make the trade-offs that other states have not.
  9. frank on gordon

    My heart burns there too.
  10. 2018 U.S. News Rankings

    I'm not suggesting Missouri is comparable to California, just making a connection between increased public investments in higher education and economic growth. As a state, we have been doing the opposite in recent years and it appears to be showing in these rankings, as we don't have 1 public university ranked in the top 100. More comparable states - Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, etc. - all have flagship universities ranked in the top 100. Gotta figure we'll continue to fall behind as a state, region, and city as long as this remains the case.
  11. 2018 U.S. News Rankings

    That's part of it, but I just think it's all about the workforce. Talent leads to growth. California has 10 schools in the top 50. 7 of which are public universities. You can guess which state will continue to drive innovation in this country for the next 50 years.
  12. 2018 U.S. News Rankings

    Wanna know why Missouri lags behind the rest of the country in terms of economic growth? Look no further than this list.
  13. Recruiting - 2018 class

    Fixed it for you.
  14. OT: Midtown Development

    Fair enough.
  15. OT: Midtown Development

    Funny, I am actually concerned about what the boomers do en masse during the next ten years, as they're still the biggest generation in the country and nearly all population growth is expected to be in the 55-75 year old crowd. While the millennials have been a primary driver for real estate development during the past decade or so, it's my belief that boomers will drive development during the next decade. What they do as their kids leave the nest will help determine what gets built and where. If they still want large lot homes or villas, we'll just get more of the same. But, if a greater proportion of them (couple percentage points) decide to downsize and move to more urban locations (doesn't necessarily have to be the city), we could get a lot more medium to high density development. Ultimately, my guess is that most will just stay in their existing 3,500 SF homes retrofitted for their lifestyles, but that just drives up the cost of housing in the most marketable locations and pushes younger homeowner types to look in more affordable places (i.e. the city, exurbs, or less desirable parts of the county). Throw in the proliferation of driverless cars and the impacts of climate change and who knows what development patterns will look like in 20 years.