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A couple of weeks ago, Clark and I attended a mayoral forum for the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor of St. Louis: Francis Slay, Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman, and Irene Smith. I got some video of Slay and Coleman, but–and this was unfortunate–none of Smith. She was the most intriguing speaker of the three. (I’ll have more to say about Coleman and Smith in later postings.)

Slay presents himself as a competent snow removal guy. I use that metaphor, though the actual question was that, considering how some have accused Slay of overemphasis on the development of downtown, what has he done or what does he plan to do to support development on the north and south sides of the city? I leave it to those of you who’ve actually lived there to decide whether his response is convincing.