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The collapse of Better Together's city-county merger plan leaves business leaders wondering how to achieve some of the efficiencies the plan e…
But the recently-discarded Better Together plan to merge the city and the county didn't come up in their first meeting since Sam Page was named to replace Steve Stenger as executive a month ago.
Better Together Vice Chairman Will Ross, associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, said he is now worried that the nonprofit is planning to take its existing proposal and “repurpose it,” without community input.
Mark Wrighton, chancellor of Washington University and chairman of Better Together’s campaign, UniteSTL, said the campaign had been suspended, and he no longer had a formal role with the organization. Board members and insiders discussed leadership changes, but made no decisions.
The initiative has faced months of widespread and unflagging criticism.
Leaders of Better Together made the right decision to suspend their petition effort for a statewide vote on a St. Louis city-county merger. The death knell was former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's indictment, but a failure to win grassroots support already had place the effort on a negative trajectory. The group should not give up.
Local leaders and residents react to the Better Together announcement.
As city debates merger, St. Louis seems to be closer to consensus on re-entry.