Austin Miles Smith

29 Flips | 15 Magazines | 3 Likes | 1 Following | 2 Followers | @AustinMileSmith | Follow on Twitter: @AustinMileSmith | Economist & Entrepreneur | #smartcities/#socialgood/#sportstech | St. Louisan & Cardinals Fan | Venture Associate at StadiaVentures.com | Pursuing the Development of Just Communities at AustinMilesSmith.com &  TheMilest.one | Check out my magazine and blog topics at https://www.austinmilessmith.com/thoughts/2018/3/15/my-areas-of-interest.

It’s time to dismantle TIFs as tool of segregation

In the words of my Washington University colleague Jason Purnell, Saint Louis has been a true “innovator” when it comes to segregation. Purnell and a …

Urban Design

Where killings go unsolved

Christopher Dickson felt justice had been served. For weeks, he’d bragged around his neighborhood about winning $5,000 in a dispute settled on the TV show “Judge Joe Brown.”<p>On a cool evening in July 2009, the 39-year-old auto mechanic emerged with his nightly tallboy from Dailey’s Package Liquors, …

Crime

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

One of the hardest things about the fund-raising process for entrepreneurs is that you’re trying to raise money from people who have “asymmetric …

Venture Capital

The struggle to control the Mississippi can help us understand the U.S.

Disable autoplay videos<p>Click for audio<p>ALONG THE RIVER — The Mississippi runs the spine of America, touching 10 states and draining waters from 21 more, a vast waterway with a rich mythology, a sometimes powerful beauty and an always alarming propensity to flood.<p>Nearly 30 locks and dams hold back …

St. Louis Is as Welcoming as It Is Budget-Friendly

Tom Duggan, the man behind the counter at Lemon Gem Kitchen Goods in St. Louis, Mo., was so talkative that I couldn’t help but stay and chat. He was filling in for his daughter, the shop’s owner, Beth Styles. I asked him what he liked about St. Louis and he said he once had a job that entailed a …

An Insider’s Guide to the Magic of St. Louis, Missouri

Working in entertainment and media in both NYC and LA for over a decade, I would never have predicted I would abandon my dual-coast lifestyle for a fly-over city perched on a riverbank. But for nearly 15 years, St. Louis has been my adopted hometown. No longer just a beacon for baseball and beer …

If No One Owns the Moon, Can Anyone Make Money Up There?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — From Launch Complex 17 here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, many of NASA’s robotic planetary missions blasted off. Soon, the two massive towers that once cradled Delta 2 rockets will be torn down. A new tenant — Moon Express, a tiny company with far-out ambitions — …

A sneak peek inside City Foundry's dining (and cinema) landscape

The massive midtown development's first phase is slated to open next year with a vast menu of dining options—and a few big surprises.

Alamo Drafthouse, Punch Bowl Social, and Fassler Hall to anchor City Foundry

Lawrence Group confirmed today that Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater with higher-end amenities will, as previously reported, anchor the…

How Medellin went from murder capital to hipster holiday destination

Twenty-five years ago, Time magazine dubbed Colombia’s Medellin “the most dangerous city on earth”. Drug lords lived like princes, judges and policeman were regularly assassinated, paramilitaries invaded neighbourhoods and ordinary people disappeared overnight without trace.<p>Even 10 years ago, …

Skyscrapers Face the Apocalypse - WSJ

By<p>Katherine Clarke<p><b>On an ordinary</b> day, George Dotzler may deal with wind speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, torrential rains akin to a monsoon and seismic shifts that feel like an earthquake. Rounding out the day could involve a heat wave and an arctic blast.<p>Mr. Dotzler, 58, is the …

Mockups

Lending discrimination, redlining still plague St. Louis, new data show

<b>ST. LOUIS</b> • Nearly 50 years after the federal Fair Housing Act was signed into law, banning racial discrimination in lending, black prospective …

Children Hurt Women’s Earnings, but Not Men’s (Even in Scandinavia)

Scandinavia is supposed to be a family-friendly paradise. We imagine fathers and mothers spending their children’s early months together at home. Then they enroll them in high-quality, government-subsidized child care, from which they pick them up at the end of the world’s shortest workdays.<p>But it …

21 Hotels We Can't Wait to Visit in 2018

As travel editors, there are two questions we’re asked on a consistent basis: “Do you travel a lot?” (Yes, and it’s wonderful.) and, “Where are you …

Travel

Jeff Bezos says using this phrase can make teams twice as productive

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a lot more hands-on than you might expect.<p>Though he oversees the direction of a $433 billion enterprise, he pays …

The Future Is Dodgeball

To understand what’s coming, let some of those balls whizzing by start to hit you.<p>The past may be a Shakespearean prologue, but the future is dodgeball.<p>Ben Rosen, chairman of Compaq Computer Corp. and an early investor in Lotus Development, was the semiconductor analyst at Morgan Stanley eight …

Morgan Stanley

How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online

For the stars of the streaming service Twitch, success means working around the clock.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>One humid morning this past summer, Omeed Dariani drove his black Tesla sedan through the foothills east of San …

Internet

How the Braves landed the hottest promotion in sports

This past weekend, the Atlanta Braves owned social media after a man in a full-body suit brutally vanquished a cocky fan in a promotional race.<p>Video …

How Will Esports Solve Their Broadcast Problem?

Esports are getting more and more popular, but they still have a major hurdle to overcome: It’s difficult to watch them. There can be so much …

Rocket League

The Esports Ecosystem: How the Industry Works

Unlike the majority of traditional sports leagues, esports companies wear multiple hats within the industry – simultaneously working as competition …

Gaming

Midas Hospitality plans Element hotel near SLU

The headquarters of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis will eventually make way for a new Element by Westin hotel, the first in the St. Louis …

Why the Economic Fates of America’s Cities Diverged

Places like St. Louis and New York City were once similarly prosperous. Then, 30 years ago, the United States turned its back on the policies that had been encouraging parity.<p>Despite all the attention focused these days on the fortunes of the “1 percent,” debates over inequality still tend to …

The High Price of a Divided City

Who bears the economic burdens of segregation?<p>Ride Chicago’s Red Line from start to finish and you’ll go on a journey through the metro region’s stark racial segregation, reflected in the changing demographics of the passengers. The first stop at Howard is in Rogers Park, which is relatively …

11 Amazing Waterfall Hikes in America

Maybe it's the unexpected nature of waterfalls that makes them so special. You often hear the sound first, in the distance, rumbling like constant …

4 Must-Visit Rocky Mountain Lakes Near Denver

If you're looking for a hike less then two hours from the urban sprawl of Denver that's unfathomably gorgeous, yet incredibly easy to access, you've …