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 Is St Louis Really Dangerous?
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Mon, Oct 30th, 2006 4:32 pm

What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday St. Louis was on top of the world. After two nights of partying to celebrate the improbable World Series victory over the heavily favored Detroit Tigers, downtown was awash in a sea of Cardinal red as half a million strong showed up for Sunday’s victory parade.

The city had a right to be proud too. Not only did our low-budget, patchwork team overcome adversity to win the championship, but our low-budget, patchwork city was able to showcase its newest piece of civic pride- the brand new baseball stadium whose very construction had to overcome as much adversity as the team it housed.

The party was also fresh on the heals of Friday’s announcement that nearly $400 million was about to be spent to redevelop the large downtown hole where the old Busch Stadium used to stand. The Post-Dispatch had even declared this, the “most significant economic development in the city in the past 25 years.”

That was yesterday…

Today the city awoke to a swift kick in the gut as the Associated Press issued a headline grabbing article naming St Louis, “the most dangerous city in the U.S.” Newspapers across the country- from the New York Times to the San Jose Mercury-News- were dumping on the very city they were highlighting with glowing reviews hours earlier.

The news spread far and wide across the internet in a matter of hours. A quick search on Google News just produced 529 news stories on the topic- including front page articles on Yahoo and MSN.

By noon, the real estate agents on my team had heard from multiple relocation clients panicking about the prospect of moving to such a high crime environment. What a difference a day makes indeed.

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark…

Prior to becoming a St Louis real estate agent I spent a good number of years as a traveling sales person covering many of the cities on (and not on) the most dangerous list. Upon seeing the Associated Press article, my first response could best be summed up in two words: “BULL SH*T!!!”

Seriously, are we to believe that St Louis is more dangerous that New York? New Orleans? Chicago? Detroit? I’ve not only spent time in all of those cities, but working with real estate developers and rehabbers I’ve also spent ample time in St. Louis’ higher crime neighborhoods. Regardless of what the report says, it just doesn’t match up with my real life experiences.

At the same time, what are the odds that a report naming St Louis and Detroit the two most dangerous towns in the U.S. just happens to get released right as both towns are in the national media spotlight of the World Series? The timing is perfect- too perfect- for the people selling the report. However I’ve decided that before I turn into Oliver Stone with my conspiracy theories, I would purchase the report and base this article on facts not opinions.

So tomorrow I'll evaluate the report and let you know what I think.

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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