Caption: Joseph M. Darst, mayor of St. Louis from 1949 to 1953. Darst supported building the Interregional and had to fight an influential state senator and a governor to make it happen. The highway plan was adopted during the term of the previous mayor, Aloys P. Kaufmann. Only two months after Darst took office, Gov. Forrest Smith signed a legislative bill that prohibited evictions along the highway's path for two years. That had been the idea of state Sen. Anthony M. Webbe, who represented the area south of downtown. Darst, a former city welfare director, worked to find new lodging for the roughly 3,000 people living on the highway route. When the Legislature declined to renew Webbe's roadblock in 1951, the project was moved forward. Darst died at age 64 on June 8, 1953, only two months after he left office. Darst, Smith and Webbe were Democrats. (Post-Dispatch)
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