For what it's worth, I've been travelling around New England since the decision came out and no one seems to know anything about this. I know the national papers and 24 hour news channels have had stories on it, but it doesn't seem like anyone outside of St. Louis is paying attention. As has been po...
I was looking more in-depth at individual cities in the Metro East and the trend is certainly troubling. Of the Metro East's core cities, only Edwardsville and O'Fallon are estimated to have gained population from 2010 to 2016, but even with them the trend is concerning. Edwardsville is projected to...
Amazon celebrates first year in Metro East, says more than 2,000 jobs created.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article169182602.html

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Not sure if this is the best thread for this, but Reuters has an article illustrating the pros and cons of any steel tariff and used St. Louis to highlight the divide (Granite City Steel v. a North City auto parts supplier): http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-steel-idUSKBN19Y1PF Sent from m...
^And Richmond is 5th at 45 a day. I think this is significant because Richmond is within driving distance of Hampton Roads, at least the Peninsula. And the Peninsula also has its own airport (Newport News/Williamsburg) that has service to Atlanta and Philadelphia on a daily basis. I lived in Newport...
It is sad that the local news is becoming bias, as I've long maintained that the local newspaper is the best source for news. Local papers have their biases, but they're usually upfront about them, keep them to the editorial pages, and actually try to present both sides and make all voices heard. Wi...
Even though it's Illinois' budget, I think it's a problem for the city. The Metro East was never competing with Chicago for businesses, but with the Missouri side. In other words, any company that the Metro East attracts is coming to St. Louis, and the Metro East's pitch is that the ME is better tha...
Pretty good, in-depth article on the freightway. It discusses the Merchants Bridge proposal, as well as Chain of Rocks.

http://www.foodlogistics.com/news/12336 ... priorities




I was honestly kinda surprised Kmart was still around at all the last time I saw one. Might not be for long though. Sears is in massive trouble.
Obviously this issue goes way, way beyond St. Louis and the Blues, but why must every pro team all the sudden play in a stadium that's in great shape, that's been built or refurbished in the past 20 years? Obviously structural issues should be addressed. But this need for every seat to be shiny and...
I think that would have an effect of drastically oversaturizing the market with outdoor games. Even 3 a year is starting to get old as the Stadium Series takes away from the Winter Classic. The NHL really has something to be proud of with this event, and I think they need tk emphasize it more by get...
Looked great on TV, even with the fog. Couldn't have asked for it to go any better!

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Conservatives come across as hypocrites when we attack political correctness and the epidemic of offended leftists on campuses squashing free speech and then turn-around and demand the removal of everything that offends us. There's nuance to everything. This at least has talent and the potential for...
Taxes are a major part of the issue. I feel like most people denying this are making it a partisan issue. Crime and drug abuse? What states don't have those problems? And yeah, Illinois lost a lot of factory jobs, but so did our neighbors and they are still gaining population. Taxes, and the related...
Yeah, there's still a couple Republicans in the Chicago suburbs that could be the victims. Downstate, they could try to merge the 12th (Metro East and Southwest IL) with the 13th (Central IL including Champaign) or the 13th with the 18th (Western IL including Peoria). The 12th used to be reliably bl...
Wall Street Journal: m The numbers are especially worrisome for the state’s tax base because the average person moving out of the state earns some $20,000 more than the average person moving in. According to IRS data for tax year 2014 (filed in 2015), the average income of the taxpayer leaving Illin...
^Great point. Decatur, Rockford, Danville, Kankakee have been hit hard by de-industrialization. But even Sangamon County (Springfield) and McLean (Bloomington) are drastically slowing. In the previous two decades Sangamon was posting about 5% gains, and the 2015 estimate has it at 0.6%. McLean was p...
Interesting to note that only two true rural counties in Illinois gained population - Effingham and Moultrie (a case could also be made for Johnson considering how small the Carbondale-Marion MSA is). Some urban/suburban counties gained outside Chicago - Sangamon, Champaign, Bloomington . But it's n...
You could also look at the above link and surmise that people want to live near mountains. Or states with names that begin with letters in the middle of the alphabet tend to want to move more than others. There are several ways to correlate the two lists, doesn't necessarily mean its causal. Furthe...
If the people quitting Illinois are from Chicago or its suburbs, immigration or natural births are apparently still driving growth. However, the rural communities and small towns/cities as well as the St. Louis suburbs appear to be bleeding residents quite profusely. The worst of the population los...
Yup. As someone born and raised in the Metro East with dreams of someday returning, even I'm reluctant to come home. Really, Dwight Kay losing his seat was a huge blow to any confidence I had in things getting better.
Illinois posts a net loss of 37,500 as 114,000+ move out.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... story.html
I had a former instructor who's plan after retirement was to take his house boat and sail that route, stopping at a new dock each night. Just had to convince the wife first.

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It's a good question but I would assume that's not a huge factor. I think the bigger boon from the Panama Canal would go to deep water ports (I know they're talking it up big here in Hampton Roads) that would allow them to attract some more of the major Asian traffic. But it's not like container shi...
BND with a good piece on the past and potential future of the stockyards. m Scoville is hopeful about what the National Stockyards land could be. He always thought it’d be a perfect place for an oil refinery, or farmland, and he praised some of the established businesses already making things work. ...