Last week we examined why municipal court abuses and policing for profit occur in the St. Louis region. The underlying reason is that many towns lack sustainable tax and consumer bases and have low property values. Simply put, they are too small to succeed. To make up for revenue gaps they turn to predatory practices in order to sustain themselves. Now we will examine why these towns are so small in the first place.Read more
All parents attempt to choose what is best for their children. Each parent’s checklist typically includes: strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and comfortable housing. My grandparents on my dad’s side moved to the Parkway School District to raise their six children. My mom’s parents lived in North. She and my aunt attended Normandy, which even then was in decline. Both sets of grandparents made the decision they thought best for their family based on what they could afford.
Little did my family know that they were part of a trend that would later devastate the City and County. Regional politics de jure (according to law) and de facto (in fact) effectively segregated Black and White citizens of the region--first by block, then by neighborhood, then by city.Read more