Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Who Sez Folks Aren't Moving Back to City

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

Who Sez Folks Aren't Moving Back to City

Article excerpt

Squeals of pain emanating from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Clayton office on South Bemiston Avenue are the result of a management decision to move a large group of staffers from the luxury of Clayton to the gloom of 900 North Tucker Blvd. and the exile of sites even farther afield.

About 30 people work in Clayton, where the Post has been paying a bargain rent of $80,000 a year for 4300 square feet and some parking spaces.

Writers and editors from Arts and Entertainment, Get Out and the Science/Health team are scheduled to move downtown in late May, though a few other reporters will remain, in a set of working arrangements that sometimes boggle the mind. For whatever reason, or combination of reasons, those reporters assigned to North County beats will remain in the Clayton office.

Those who cover the West County will work from the South County bureau and those involved in South County will remain at their South County home. The education team, by the way, will work from the North County office space.

Complainants cite the entire downtown area as a safety and health hazard, and they also note that the lack of pleasant lunch spots is deleterious to their taste buds, the shortage of safe and green walking areas will prevent them from completing proper exercise programs and the end of the free parking alongside the building will bring budgetary difficulties to compound those to be caused by the fact that the City Earnings Tax will take a bite out of pay-checks of about $500 a year. …

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