Besides living in a post-Ferguson, post-Rams, digital, post-modern, polarized, and globalized world...what separates St. Louis Strong's effort to bring St. Louis City and St. Louis County together from past attempts? It is not what we say we are nor is it necessarily why. The separation from past attempts arises from how we define ourselves.Read more
The St. Louis Strong Guest Blog Series asks community voices, business executives, and political leaders, "What makes St. Louis Strong?"
Strength… It’s a common word, one that has been known to exist in various forms. Much like its meaning defines, strength is so capable that it has transcended into both the mental and physical realms – a verb and a noun, something that is shown and possessed. It is a state of mind and a state of being.
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” ~ Goethe
At St. Louis Strong we approach unification as cynical idealists. What does that mean though? We set lofty goals and expect that unforeseen complications will stunt the height and prolong the time it takes to climb to where we desire. Others might just call this acting realistically.Read more
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. ~ Camus
Imagine having everything that holds meaning for you stripped away. Start small and build up: Cardinals tickets, Blues jersey, Ram’s Super Bowl towel (or just the Rams themselves), toasted ravioli, your smartphone, your car, what you call home, your clothes, your religious texts, your friends, and your family. What is left? You on an island—alone.Read more
Ryan Reaves casually pulling a tooth out, Tarasenko humbly giving credit to his teammates, and Captain David Backes battling like a gladiator in front of the net, defines what it means to play for the St. Louis Blues. No flash, just hard work. It takes grit and spirit to accept your hits day-in and day-out while chasing that ever elusive championship. The team’s work ethic has not only come to represent what blues music means but also what it means to call St. Louis home.Read more
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~Mark Twain
A fragmented consortium of 91 municipalities and their government’s competition for revenue is depressing the overall economy of the Greater St. Louis region—worsening unemployment rates, widening the education gap, escalating racial tensions, and depressing business investment. In order to stymie and reverse these trends toward failure, the fragmented bureaucracy must be replaced with a streamlined model of responsible governance that takes into account all viewpoints of the residents of St. Louis.Read more