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Apropos of hotflash’s diary about Blairmont being cleaned up just for the legislators’ tour, PubDef has an account of Matt Blunt’s recent photo op visit to North St. Louis as part of Cool Down St. Louis.

With temperatures above 105 degrees and surrounded by the stark signs of urban decay – boarded up buildings, piles of bricks, homes with fallen porches – the Governor’s people and representatives of Cool Down arrived to the 4300 block of Linton Avenue in the comfort of air conditioned cars. A Mercedes and Lexus stood out in their the impoverished surroundings[…] The group knocked on three pre-screened doors and offered residents free air conditioners before taking the podium to congratulate each other for a job well done.