The County Pot and the City Kettle

Every now and then we receive an irrational and offensive message regarding our work. In this age of social media and anonymous ranting, we expect it. However, we try to take the underlying argument seriously. How people feel does matter and usually there is some form of truth hiding under the spew.

What was once true may have changed, yet the internalized attitude does not. The common angry push back we receive comes in the following form, "The City needs to get it's S*** together."

Every time we encounter this kind of statement we try to hide a smirk that bubbles up from our the deep sense of irony. Hey pot, the County needs to get its stuff together too.

Ferguson is in the County90 municipalities are in the CountyAbuse of Tax Increment Financing is in the County. Misuse of courts, ordinance enforcement, and ticking occurs in the County. It is the fragmentation, inequity, and high crime rates in the County that land our region in negative national headlines. However, the City also has high crime rates, fragmented political structures, and inequity.

Perhaps it's time to stop playing the blame game and take responsibility as a unified region.

(The author is from Chesterfield)

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    commented on The Pot and the Kettle 2016-04-10 14:25:20 -0500
    Good piece. It’s funny how the state portion of this conversation is left out. As long as there’s a state house pushing sales tax to pay for rural services and a Missouri DOT pushing more and more sprawling highway lane miles, the City will suffer.

    Eliminate the state sales tax and shrink the MODOT system we’ll get back to sustainable urban devolpment.
    commented on The Pot and the Kettle 2015-11-13 12:32:43 -0600
    The city is $2 billion in debt. Merger backers like you say “the city will file bankruptcy IF there’s a merger.” Why if? Why not file bankruptcy now? Because the city can not survive without stealing money and services from the county tax payer. No amount of consolidation and bankruptcy will even begin to cover the costs of repairing the City. County taxpayers are overwhelmingly against the proposed economic raping. You will not force us into it. The only thing that will happen is the secession of the county munis into St. Charles County under more favorable terms. Fix the city first, then come to the table. Proposing a merger now, without having any solutions for the crime, school district, real estate, vagrancy, corruption, etc, etc, on and on, problems of the city is sheer idiocy.