St. Louis Unite: Slay, Dooley Call for Open Minds at City/County Merger Symposium

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But our favorite historical tidbit? St. Louis legalized prostitution for a while in the 1870s:

Reviving legalized prostitution could encourage "merging" in more ways than one. Let's get on it, governments.

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DéMarius Jones
DéMarius Jones

St. Louis needs to focus on funding (and I mean REALLY funding) Public Safety and revitalizing/demolishing abandoned buildings. If you allow your city to look like crap, business owners and residents will assume it IS crap. You can't hide it all behind the Cardinals, Blues, and Budweiser when people keep getting their cars broken into during a concert or sport event. No surprise that people are overlooking the Lou.

Keith Giesler
Keith Giesler

Eric is correct, the city thought it was all hot shit in 1876, wanted to separate from the bumpkins (farmers, etc) in the county. Now, 100+ years later, it's all "oooops" and "c'mon back together, county, the water's fine". No thanks. And if they start building metrolink into my neighborhood, I'll blow up the tracks myself. It ruined the U City loop area.

George Cameron
George Cameron

Eh, why the hell *should* the city and county merge? Obviously the city, as a collective whole, doesn't know how NOT to shit where it eats, so why should the county be made to pay for that?

Kevin Hempen
Kevin Hempen

The city wants to suck the life out of the county… there bad management has messed up the city finance so bad they want us to bail them out..

StLouisInfo
StLouisInfo

it will fail in chesterfield, the arch will be the sweet spot in a few years, we'll be primed for the 2020 dem convention and in the national spot light. it will come back or another will take it's place and be better. just as the city is coming back.... if they wanna go to chesterfield, let em.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

well the county will have it sparkling clean and all the trash locked up and their welfare babies fed...progress

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

I live 140 miles north of St.Louis and I love St. Louis to pieces and especially the older southern part.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

Set within Chesterfield's Central Park, the Amphitheater becomes the focal point of the park with a capacity for approximately 4,000 patrons. A dressing room and storage area is available at the back of the platform. This area is approximately 350 square feet in size and includes two separate bathroom facilities. Twelve (12) handicap accessible parking spaces are located on the north side of the concession building and 50 public parking spaces are provided on Veterans' Place Drive. Taste is known for drawing 10,000+. I attended a concert there just last year and there is no friggin way they could handle that crowd in a venue intended for 4,000. On top of that there is next to no parking at all. Google map the address and have a look from the satellite view and you'll see...going to this thing would be a horrible experience and right across the road *NO SHOCK* is a big shopping mall. Might as well hold it at Verizon. Thanks for driving to Chesterfield but we're full. Bye now.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

I love reporting Facebook accounts using fake names. Anyone think this twits name is Couch Pig. Bet Facebook won't either.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Lead paint and asbestos not to mention the chemical testing the goverment did on the cities people in the 60s.. crop dusting river des peres with chemicals to keep the skeeters away... I want to live there

Adam Hanson
Adam Hanson

have you been to the city? It is gorgeous. The only thing that could be considered a "toxic waste dump" is actually in north county and that is due to the government dumping radio active waste there.

Ejrin Hodzic
Ejrin Hodzic

You want to unite? First things first, stop expanding the counties and help rebuild the city. And second, city folks should be able to drive through Chesterfield without being suspected of something.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Wouldn't matter. I still wouldn't drive way the hell out to Chesterfield to sample food from Applebees and Macaroni Grill

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Well, I don't want you to have my things, if that's what you're suggesting.

Terry Reinheimer
Terry Reinheimer

I probably still wouldn't cross 270 unless I was going to KC.......

Colin Lovett
Colin Lovett

The mentality (at least in my mind) is that if the city and county merged, then holding TasteofSTL in Chesterfield would still technically be keeping it in the city, and I would probably go to it again. As things stand now, I will not support the event due to the re-location. I strongly support the merger of the city and county. Despite the naysaying, it would greatly benefit the economic landscape for the greater metro area as well as start to undo the racially biased setup we have now.

Norman Welch
Norman Welch

If it's the other side of 270, it's not St Louis.

Shawn Telkamp
Shawn Telkamp

Metrolink extended to every county....maybe do that before you start talking smack about taking our parties to places that require more time in the car.

Eric Lachmiller
Eric Lachmiller

Actually, it was 1876 when St. Louis City separated itself from the county, when the county government was taken over by ex-Confederates that city officials still had issues with that were left over from the war. Any merger would be mostly symbolic at this point; you'd still have all those municipalities in the county to deal with, dozens of school districts, and so forth.

Chris Watson
Chris Watson

I'd like to think a merger could be a real possibility, but one big, ugly truth defines St. Louis city and county: racism. Until that's really dealt with, a merger isn't likely to happen. This area is way too territorial...this is mine, that is yours...like trying to work with emotional infants.

Matt Hay
Matt Hay

I do not find any of those arguments compelling. The same could be said for Jefferson County as well. Or used to somehow argue that what happens in East St. Louis affects the region, so that we should merge with them too. I think a much stronger argument would be to highlight synergies and efficiencies which would likely be realized.

Michael G. Barlos
Michael G. Barlos

The city wanted to divorce itself from the county in the 1920's. They didn't want to provide services to places like Kirkwood, Webster and CHESTERFIELD. The city won the election and they have regretted it ever since as the county has prospered while the city has not. This is a factor in why the city always takes a high position on crime statistic charts.

Bill Bernickus
Bill Bernickus

Saint Louis City left the county around 1900, because it considered the county a bunch of county bumpkins. Now that most of the money is in the suburbs, the city would have to give up most of its say/power to the county, if it wants the county's money.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

How about st louis county pays too bulldoze the city and make it new and less of a toxic waste dump

Josh Hall
Josh Hall

how would the the districts be redrawn?!? How would it effect the political landscape? STL City, parts of the county and Kansas City are democratic strongholds!!

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Why can't they rotate the location of Taste of St Louis each year?

Matt Galati
Matt Galati

What should be a beautiful city will only be so when all of its parts work together to be one city.

chizdippler
chizdippler

Do you have any idea how narrow minded you sound?

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