Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)By Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – On her last day as Alderwoman for the Central West End, Lyda Krewson could hear the banging in the city hall rotunda, where workers were constructing the stage on which she’ll take the Oath of Office Tuesday as the new mayor of St. Louis.

“I’m very excited about the job,” she tells KMOX, “but I also am very aware of the gravity of the issues that face us, and the responsibility.”

Krewson says she’s concerned about the large number of city residents living in poverty.

“Thirty percent of the people living in the city of St. Louis live in poverty,” she says. “And for a family of four, that means they make $24,600 or less. That is a very tough situation for many of our people.”

In her first 100 days, Krewson says she will focus on public safety, racial equity and vacant buildings.

One theme of her inaugural address will be “calling on all parts of the city to come together for a common vision.”

Krewson says she hopes to maintain some of her personal routines as mayor, including walks in Forest Park, buying a cup of coffee in the Central West End and going grocery shopping.

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