St. Louis in the National Media

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I know it's the "St. Louis thing" to think it's so much worse here but the national news this morning shows the unrest in....Atlanta. And a few months ago it was May Day in Portland that saw protests go violent with the mayor proclaiming it was becoming a pattern of peaceful protests ruined by a few set on destruction. I don't see those cities letting it get them down so neither should we. People see the policing issue as (rightly) a national one.
symphonicpoet wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:50 pm
I was in Midtown this evening dropping my wife off for class, so I looped through the West End and U. City. The damage along Euclid is noticeable, but only just. I saw perhaps three or four business with broken windows, but it wasn't too concentrated. You wouldn't know it was related to protests if someone didn't tell you. Probably wouldn't think a second thing about it. The West End being large, there's quite possibly more that I didn't see. I didn't go past the mayor's residence, but I went along Euclid from Lindell to Delmar and Maryland from Euclid out to Kingshighway, which I believe is where the worst of it was supposed to be. The damage in U. City was apparent, but much less than described. I counted fourteen businesses with broken windows. Most were right at the corner immediately west of Blueberry Hill. If you went no further than the Tivoli you might well not know anything at all had happened, since there was only one business city side with damage that might have been related. If you keep going west you'll see it, but it's not serious and I'd guess it will be cleaned entirely up in a week or two as the glass companies get the inventory in. There might be a little more, but the Loop is compact enough I'd bet I saw most and maybe all of it. I didn't go downtown, since it was out of my way, but in such a comparatively large area I bet you can't even tell anything happened unless you really know where to look. So this seems to amount to a few dozen windows. Which probably won't cost the insurance companies much more than a couple of new cars totaled in an accident. Of which we have several any given weekend. Strictly guessing there. I'm no adjustor. But I'll bet this isn't even a blip from a financial perspective . . . unless it's your window. Which sucks. But you get over it. (I've had a car totaled out from under me. And I've had some windows broken. As often in Wentzville as in Midtown and with less reason It's frustrating, but you get over it, if that's all it is.)

It increasingly sounds like all of this happens when the police start trying to aggressively disperse the stragglers. From public streets. In business districts. I've heard no declarations of curfews, so on what basis are they dispersing crowds? They don't do that after baseball games or the VP fair. (And it often takes quite some time for folks to clear out.) So I'm inclined to think they bear some very real share of the responsibility. From all I've heard their tactics have been . . . less than friendly. They look more like an occupying army than the national guard troops. (Who aren't wearing kevlar. Just Desert Storm era fatigues and utility hats. Which maybe gives them away as actual soldiers. They know this isn't a battle. This is nothing. They look . . . bored. And slightly damp tonight. I actually kind of feel sorry for them. They probably have better things to do than stand in front of isolated fire stations.)

Of course, not all of the early reports spun it that way, as the police got their version of events out first. (Naturally.) And some media outlets really get off on anger and violence. (Maybe all those with moving pictures. Slow stories, like marches, work better in still photographs and print.)

Anyway, don't believe the hyperbole. Things are mostly okay, save for the very things the protesters are protesting. I have to admit, I respect the logic of taking things to the swank neighborhoods. Gets more attention from people who have power. Wake 'em up. Let 'em know all is not well beyond their fair towers. (Which towers I like, just for the record. Still as always.) And yes, it does, at least, give the media a different look at St. Louis. Which is kind of nice. A little bonus. Hopefully this continues in its current relatively visible, but mostly harmless fashion until someone actually notices and maybe fixes something. (Like maybe appointing a police chief with enough courage and responsibility to engage his community rather than pretending to occupy it. I have to say, the current fellow is not impressing me with his acumen or diplomacy.)
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