So as someone who is from STL, but hasn't lived in St. Louis in 20 years, things are definitely better today than they were in the late 90's, with the exception of how crazy busy the TWA hub at STL was. The new ballpark, ballpark village, arch grounds renovation, etc are all positives. The CWE, Forest Park, Clayton are all exploding with development compared to where they were 20 years ago. The 40 corridor out to Chesterfield is doing well.
Meanwhile downtown is in a tail spin and crime is running rampant, even in supposedly "nice areas" like Wash Ave. They had to practically give away the AT&T building to get a tenant for it. AB was bought out and had massive job cuts. Purina was bought out. TWA was purchased out of bankruptcy. Express Scripts was bought out. Sigma Aldrich was purchased. AG Edwards is gone. Scottrade was bought out. McD was bought out. Charter moved their HQ to CT. And there's probably a half dozen others I'm forgetting.
So yeah, sure, there's ballpark village, which is just a cheap knockoff of Wrigleyville. Which has only taken the better part of a decade to build out because of mismanagement by the city. I worked for the company that was originally supposed to anchor BBV with a new high rise. The city refused to give us tax breaks so we stayed in Clayton instead. They got the new high rise and the three buildings that came after it. And the city got a gravel lot and a softball field for several years until they got their asses in gear.
STL does need to address its crime rate, which is high even compared to similar sized metro areas. More TOD will help bring life to the city.
More importantly the city, county and state need better leadership. They need to make it easy for business. Missouri also needs to become more progressive. Backwards political leadership/thinking will continue to alienate states and areas that don't embrace the global economy.
I couldn't agree any more. Area leadership needs to get their heads out of their asses and start putting the money towards the things that count instead of stupid, astronomically expensive vanity projects like the trolley. There's long been this air of provincial thinking in the STL area that isn't conducive to growth and progress and it needs to change. Nobody that matters cares about sports teams. We need safer streets and better schools. (Re)Build the infrastructure and they will come.
I don't mean to rant, but looking at the state of the market, the airport, economy, these are many of the same complaints I heard 20-30 years ago. "Don't go downtown, unless you want to get shot." Until people demand and vote for something different it's not going to change.
People don't like to admit it, but it's true to a certain extent. And most people aren't going downtown unless it's to a sporting event.
The only population that is DOWN is the City of St. Louis and parts of St. Louis County (2000 - 2018) every other County in the metro has seen growth, and St. Charles being the biggest of them all. The city is the problem, not the rest of the metro. I'll give you the crime downtown (yep, north city is a shit hole)
I thought it was fairly clear that I'm talking specifically about the city, here.
but the NFL screwed St. Louis. We did nothing wrong.
Besides being a far less desirable place to do business, sure. People love to villify Kroenke, but if you could double the value of an asset you own overnight by moving it across the country, why wouldn't you?
You are grasping at straws with some of these claims. Big companies come and go.
See above, far more of them have left than have come.
St. Louis gets a bad rap for some of the most media-hyped up invalid and or false reasons and part of it is on the shoulders of the people here who think there is nothing to do, crime is too high, yada, yada, yada.
I'd say the apologists that refuse to see the problems for what they are because of civic pride are equally as destructive.