When discussion turns to the St. Louis region's problems, the Great Divorce of 1876 seems to sneak into every conversation.
Over the last few decades, regions across the country have launched ambitious bids at streamlining local government. These efforts have catapulted cities up the population charts and forced a more regional approach to planning their economies. But they have limits, too, and actual results ha…
Note: this story was part of a 2010 series on the St. Louis region's ability to compete in today's economy.
Our region has long struggled to present a united front to the world.
Among the nation's 35 biggest metro areas, only two had more units of government per capita in 2007 than St. Louis.
The edifice complex
Last Thursday the Post-Dispatch, in collaboration with the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Baptist University, published the names of some 33,000 A-students from the high schools in the region that participated in the 46th annual Newspapers in Education "A-Student Program."