In 1981 Vincent C. Schoemehl, Jr. became the forty-sixth Mayor of St. Louis. When he took office in 1981, Vincent Schoemehl was one of the City’s youngest mayors. He was interested in historic preservation and urban design. Schoemehl worked to save the Cupples Warehouses from demolition. Mayor Schoemehl was interested in good urban design and rehabilitation of St. Louis. His administration promoted ‘public-private partnerships’ that led to more than 600 successful rehabilitation projects.
Schoemehl also formulated the idea of Operation Brightside, a beautification program reflected in cities around the county. Schoemehl led the effort to plant millions of daffodils in the City, as well as a variety of urban clean-up and planting programs.
Schoemehl worked to transform the office of mayor from a ‘weak mayor’ system into a political powerhouse. In 1992, Schoemehl was defeated by then Lt. Gov. Mel Carnahan in his bid to become Missouri’s Governor.
Vincent C. Schoemehl has been involved in printing and energy-conservation since leaving office. He has also served as a TV political analyst during election time. Former mayor Schoemehl joined two other former mayors, Freeman Bosley Jr. and James Conway, as leaders in the group Citizens for Home Rule and the St. Louis School Board referendum to air-condition city schools. He is presently President and Chief Executive Officer, Grand Center, Inc.
LISTEN: Vincent Schoemehl Jr. joins KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and PNC Bank Regional President Rick Sems to chat about his achievements.
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