WATCH: Mayor Lyda Krewson has positive message in state of the city speech

"Tremendous momentum in our city right now."

Kevin Killeen
May 24, 2019 - 1:58 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — In her state of the city speech, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson tells aldermen things are looking up. 

"Tremendous momentum in our city right now," Krewson stated Thursdsay. "Over $8 billion in projects recently completed or under construction starting at the (Gateway) Arch, then going out west to Ballpark Village."

The mayor says the city issued $1.2 billion in construction permits last year, twice the year before.

Not everyone on the Board of Aldermen was satisfied with her speech, though.

"Lack of inclusion of north St. Louis are just a few little kind of hints that something may be going on," Alderwoman Saron Tyus told KMOX afterwards. "I've been saying this for many years: they don't spend time on development in north St. Louis."

Alderman Sam Moore said he liked the speech for the way the mayor didn't talk about north St. Louis and south St. Louis, but just one St. Louis.

"It's not rainbows and bubble gums 100%," said Alderwoman Carol Howard about the city's challenges. "We still have an issue with crime...she didn't highlight that."

Other aldermen say the mayor failed to say much about the problems of crime and poverty.