Seems like the New York Times’ April 17 article about our city (“Hopes for a Renaissance After Exodus in St. Louis”) has caused quite a stir. Here’s a recap of just some of the buzz:
• Sylvester Brown’s column in today’s P-D
• Steve Patterson’s post and comments that follow at
Urban Review STL
And my favorite … a letter to the editor to the Times in the wake of the article.
I bring up the hubbub, because I think it’s fitting – and a little ironic – that this month also marks the 10th anniversary of Metropolis St. Louis. A decade ago, a few young adults realized their friends were leaving St. Louis for bigger cities like Chicago. They wanted to do something that create an environment in St. Louis that would keep these young adults, and draw more into the city. Their ideas created the framework for Metropolis, an organization that has had tremendous effects on the city and region. These young adults truly hoped for a renaissance.
And I don’t think I need to build a case to convince anyone of the amazing transformations in this city since that time, thanks in part to those who came up with the idea for Metropolis, those who have helped contribute to its history, those who have moved on from Metropolis to follow their own passions about this city, and those who continue to be a part of Metropolis’ evolution today.
It is true, Metropolis isn’t today what it was in 1997 – but neither is St. Louis. Today, there are more opportunities for young adults to make their marks – evidenced by the large number of young professional, non-profit organizations; the chances young adults are taking to open businesses (whether it’s a city political newspaper or a bar or a fashion boutique); the efforts to revive and liven neighborhoods and an overall passion to effect change.
Well, Metropolis celebrates its 10th anniversary this week (event details are online) with a dinner and awards celebration Thursday along Washington Ave. More importantly, there is a story to hear here … a story of the renaissance that has happened. I only wish the NYT reporter could be there to hear it.
As a side note, 10 years ago when Metropolis first began, I graduated high school in an Illinois suburb. Then, St. Louis, to me, was Old Navy and Busch and the riverboat McDonalds. Now, St. Louis is so much more and I am here – not in Chicago. To those of you who have in any way contributed to Metropolis – a huge thank you from me. I know I am not alone. Thanks for hoping for a renaissance back then.