When Joe was growing up, his father held elective office; and it was dinner-time discussions as a kid that developed his interest in local government. In 1988 Joe ran for alderman, and he is now the longest serving alderman in St. Louis, as well as chairman of the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. Joe’s passion is urban redevelopment, and he takes pride in his strategy: Create value by valuing diversity, assembling the building blocks of an innovative economy, while preserving the best of our past, all within the region’s most car-optional neighborhoods. By consistently focusing on these core principles over a long period of time, no part of the 17th ward has been untouched by the transformation. The 17th ward is now the epicenter of the region’s construction industry. Cortex, Botanical Heights, the Central West End, the Grove in Forest Park Southeast, Kings Oak, and Forest Park have benefited from his leadership and legislation.
Some of Joe’s accomplishments include:
He was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Cortex, which raised millions of dollars for area venture-capital funds. Joe conceived our ward’s car-optional strategy and raised the initial funding for the soon-to-be-developed Metrolink stop at Boyle. In addition, he created the city’s first form-based zoning code which applies the principals of sustainable development through increased density, mixed-use development and emphasis on less car-dependent living.
He created and expanded historic districts to take advantage of the Missouri historic tax credits. Joe was lead sponsor of legislation that provided the source of funding for the restoration of Forest Park and our other city parks and the funding that supports our region’s Great River Greenways. Joe lives in the Central West End with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Joseph and Brendan. Joe is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned his MBA from Washington University. In addition to being an alderman, Joe is a principal with the West End Advisory Group.