Helping St. Louis

A Blog About Helping Each Other

St. Louis – A Dismal Picture

Posted by Schevus on February 3, 2009

St. Louis is a city plagued by problems. The city is hemorrhaging jobs, the crime rate is extremely high, the education system is so poor that it lost its accreditation, there are large swathes of dilapidated buildings and neighborhoods, and the city is largely segregated and racial tensions are very prevalent. Now, I am not trying to say that St. Louis is significantly worse as compared to any other city, but only that there is plenty of room for improvement.

The “urban revitalization” of St. Louis is much vaunted, but seems to focus heavily on the trendy downtown areas. If you travel for 5 or 10 minutes past those areas you will inevitably find extremely run down neighborhoods. You cannot watch the evening news without a report about a murder or other violent crime. The news also brings stories of continuing layoffs and business closures.

I would like to write more on what might be done to ease some of the issues I have mentioned. This will require a level of commitment, research, and outreach that I have not yet attempted to devote to this blog, so I cannot guarantee success. That said, I would like to see real change and real good come to St. Louis, and I will try to do my part to make that happen. I will still continue to write about things you as an individual can do to help the community and beyond as well as other charitable happenings in St. Louis.

I honestly believe that if we all work together that we can make the St. Louis area a much better place. It will take much sacrifice by many to accomplish, but the reward will definitely be worth it. In this new era of our nation we must put aside our differences and come together as one people to propel our respective cities and our country forward. We cannot sit idly by as our infrastructure and society stagnates and festers, hoping that someone else will solve our problems. I ask you to join me in moving our city forward.

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