Special reports from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As the U.S. slowly emerged from the Great Recession in 2010, St. Louis and cities nationwide are trying to position themselves for the future. The question: Is the St. Louis area ready?

The heroes profiled here share the selfless characteristic of rushing into an emergency to try to make things better.

What did it mean to have policing divided among 123 jurisdictions in the six counties of metropolitan St. Louis? In 2003, Post-Dispatch reporters and photographers spent six months finding out.

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