St. Louis is Worth FIGHTING For
Supporters from Warrenton to Carlyle and Alton to Festus are coming together to bring the St. Louis region back in every category. Will you join them to promote Regional Pride?
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Trevor W. Says: "I love St. Louis! There isn’t another city as unique, beautiful and historical as STL in my opinion. I’ve been running a Facebook page for years highlighting the great things to see and do in this town call “St. Louis Doesn’t Suck”. I’m willing to do everything I can to #Fight4STL! I love this town!"
Linda S. Says: "I Fight for St. Louis because I remember growing up in a city of over 650,000 people and the sense of community that was here. When I was 25, I moved out to, at that time, small town O'Fallon. I now want and hope that the region comes together in more than one way and bring us back to an economic powerhouse. This division BS isn't what we need at this point in time. That's why I Fight for St. Louis."
Maryann D. Says: "I grew up in this city, and I love everything about St Louis, but the crime is bringing us down so bad. We need young blood, people who have a passion to bring the city back. I understand there is a lot of new building going on in the city. That is a GOOD Thing. I for one hope the City of St Louis comes back 100 %. With the right leadership it will ."
Arthur M. Says: "Here’s the thing: aside from crime, aside from all other factors, possibly the number one reason why people are not moving to the city is the schools. The city’s public schools simply don’t receive enough funding and fall well below schools across the nation in scores, and those with means send their kids to private schools. And the main reason for this, of course, is the nasty racial problems and the staggering inequality that plague the city, and the metro area as a whole for that matter, which don’t seem to be changing. Simply incentivizing business and creating an attractive tourist campaign, for instance, isn’t going to remedy the deeper ills. Similarly, beefing up policing isn’t going to fix crime, which is a result of ghastly, systematically wrought poverty. What these things would do is lead to gentrification on a greater scale than is already happening, pushing the poor out of their neighborhoods while criminalizing them and making living prices skyrocket. First and foremost, we have got to fix the glaring racism and poverty and the broken education system, and in a way that doesn’t just push them aside."
Linda N. Says: "I grew up in north county, castlepoint, loved my childhood. When I became a parent I thought about moving back to St. Louis, but the racism is too high. My kids are grown and now I am wanting to move to an area I like better, but every time I go back to St. Louis, the racism and crime is so high, I’m always scared when I visit. I can’t even visit my old neighborhood because it’s just not safe. Makes me sad."
Mike C. Says: "St Louis City is very special. It has a tremendous amount of potential. We have architecture that no other city in North America has. It's extremely important that we keep our culture alive. We are a combination of New York, Chicago, and New Orleans. With our French past and Catholic inheritance, we have a unique and rich culture that we need to build upon. Immigrants from Italy, Germany, Poland, Bohemia, and Ireland built this city. We are an immigrant city and a multi-lingual city. Let's keep it this way. We are unique. Let's fly our flag high! Not the American flag. The St Louis flag. Because that is our identity! All St Louisans should be bi-lingual. We should work to be more like Europe because in essence we are a European city and we are a European people! Let's fight for the city and take it back. Let's make sure our European heritage is not lost! Let's make sure we look to European cities for guidance. Let's do this! I live in the city and I love how walkable it is. I can walk to the store, walk to church, walk to work, walk to any restaurant. Let's make the entire city of St Louis that way!"
Ryan F. Says: "St. Louis doesn't need to be a Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York. It needs to be all that St. Louis can be -- which is pretty damn good. Like any other major metro, St. Louis has its issue, but none of those issues is unable to be corrected. It will take time, yes, but it can be done. We need more effective leadership. Better planning. More sustainable infrastructure. Less finger-pointing. An increased dedication to education. Fewer short-sighted officials who are willing to roll over to developers who don't care about our city. As a lifetime resident, I have a ton of hope for our awesome city. My hope is that the suburban expansion westward finally stops, comes first circle, and returns back to the City. This all might be wishful thinking, but I don't think it is. It shouldn't be. And I know there are plenty others who think the same. And that's just one of the many things that makes St. Louis so great."