Lyda Krewson on Tuesday became the 46th St. Louis mayor in the almost 200 years the office has existed – and the first woman in that office – with a call for continued urban revival and a warning that today’s federal government may not be there to help.
In her inaugural speech at City Hall, the longtime alderman said the city must find money for more summer jobs and recreation programs in a bid to alleviate poverty and violent crime.
“We must also find a way to a more competitively paid, staffed and trained police department, who can rebuild the frayed relationships between law enforcement and in our community,” she said.
Krewson also highlighted what she believes are the city’s successes of the past 10 to 20 years: Cherokee Street, The Grove, The Loop, Old North, Hyde Park, Macklind Avenue, South Grand, two new recreation centers, Forest Park and the CityArchRiver project to remake the Arch grounds. She also mentioned the Cortex innovation district and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new $1.7 billion western headquarters, to be built in St. Louis Place.
Krewson said she would focus on delivering “efficient and reliable city service to every neighborhood,” including “safe, efficient and reliable public transportation.”