Public-Private Gasbag Leaks

When a downtown restaurant owner closes his business after 40 years so his location can become part of a parking garage for lofts, we get this blather:

But Jim Cloar, president and CEO of the Downtown St. Louis Partnership, said Dooley’s demise says less about the area than about how tough it is to be in the restaurant business.

Oh, spare us. St. Louis, like most municipalities these days, is eager to implement Central Planning and 10 Year Programs to dictate the local landscape and businessscape and doesn’t care that it has to steamroll individual, independent business owners who have organically grown the sort of businesses and location that the Urban Planners want to beam down from the planet Urtopia.