A good editorial from the Belleville News Democrat echoing what I've believed for years. "Want St. Louis to Grow? Then look East to Illinois."
"In the wake of that loss, (the soccer stadium in the municipal election) we saw the St. Louis media wringing its hands, wondering how St. Louis could ever thrive as long as there was that divide between the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. They called for “regionalism,” big picture planning and even a city county merger."
Forgetting someone St. Louis? As always?
"That county line is a division, but is nothing compared to that river. There are 318,000 people in St. Louis, and about 1.7 million people total on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. The Illinois side of the St. Louis region — yes, the feds recognize us as part of the whole — has 671,000 people, or 28 percent of the region’s population.
The point being that if you want regionalism, you can’t forget Illinois. We help support St. Louis attractions, but Missouri needs to stop viewing those bridges as one-way streets that deliver money and labor to them."
Try being an Illinois person reading all "the best of" in St. Louis papers/magazines and media. You'll soon realize St. Louis can't be bothered with all the great things going on on the east side. On the other hand, Illinois people take part in almost everything going on on the Missouri side. A one sided equation.