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Pine Lawn

The 3,592 residents of Pine Lawn shouldn’t have hurt feelings over a national think tank's recent speculation about whether their community should continue to exist. The Manhattan Institute and a local group, Better Together, are questioning the continued existence of many small inner-ring suburbs that have neither the tax base nor residential population needed to support them.

The nation learned of the plight of many St. Louis-area municipalities — and the people who live and travel through them — after the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. In examining the case, the U.S. Justice Department found too many tax-stressed communities relied on municipal courts and cops to continue operating.

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