As many as 31 surveillence cameras went up along the riverfront and Laclede's Landing in St Louis. Business owners paid for part of it saying they felt they were needed to keep people feeling safe. Some may argue this smacks of Big Brother. But concerns over crime these days seem to have tempered that argument.
The cameras were installed by the Port Authority of St Louis and the video feeds go to the police.
The police meanwhile are planning their own bank of cameras to go up in the 21st ward near Fairgrounds Park. Again, here safety and concerns from residents are the concern and in fact some I talked with in that neighborhood say they don't mind.