The city was in full motion Friday night. Men and women in flowery hats jaywalking across Market Street, the tired voices of police officers snapping at their heels. The tough, tired old faces on Market Street looked even more careworn in the glare of City Hall; the touching faces of people who’ve known too many winters and Mardi Gras celebrations. Memories stir in dark corners of City Hall, where paintings of former mayors hang in balance surrounding Room 200 – the mayor’s office – where hizoner’s reception prior to the ball that took place. When Mayor Francis Slay and his wife, Kim, led a tour of the inner sanctum and provided brief histories of the magnificent murals created more than 100 years ago, someone in the crowd asked, “Did they have TIFs in those days?” Charmer Ann Wagner, U.S. Rep., R, 2nd congressional district and former Ambassador to Luxembourg, said she is serving on a new committee of Financial Services and is focused on metro growth. “Right here there are 84,000 people in the financial community,” she pointed out. With Ann were her husband, Ray, and son Stephen, a double-major political science student at WashU. As they glared at the serving of hor d’oeurvres, Ann noted she has won chili and barbecued bean casserole contests. The big-ticket price revenue will be doled out to needy projects in the city.