“It is a funny sort of state — a couple of big cities and then the Ozarks.”
–Colin Gordon, a historian at the University of Iowa and author of Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City
That pretty well explains our bizarre bifurcated politics, too.
The quote is from a Huffington Post article on how Missouri is at the center of two of the nation’s most pivotal recent racial tension events.
But Gordon’s “Mapping Decline” work, one I recommend to all newcomers to St. Louis — well, those who can handle critical thinking — an awesome history and interactive map of the policies that helped make St. Louis so segregated over the last century, to the point we are now…where we are.