St. Louis Torched By Six Recent Black Church Fires

[Originally published by Forbes]


The St. Louis area has been torched by a spate of church fires, and almost all of them have been predominately black, raising suspicions of racism in the already-tense city. Between October 8th and October 18th, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6 churches have caught fire within mere miles of each other. Four are on St. Louis’ north side, and the other two are in the nearby township of Jennings. Like the areas in which they sit, five of the churches catered to black congregations, and the other was racially-mixed…[read the rest at Forbes]… Read more

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Meet Me in Subsidized St. Louis

[Originally published by the American Spectator]


If one trend draws near-universal contempt from America’s urban commentariat, it is that declining cities still subsidize fancy developments to spur “revitalization.” For decades, publicly financed malls, stadiums, and convention centers have been built in cities from Stockton to Baltimore. These projects’ general failure to profit, much less boost their surroundings, raises the question of when they will finally be dismissed as growth strategies. Apparently, it won’t be in St. Louis.

After years of delay, the $100 million Ballpark Village has opened downtown.… Read more

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