28.5.11

*** Sidewalk Weekend! ***

Sidewalk Rating: Mercurial

By now, of course, most American cities were in trouble. But compared with St. Louis, even Detroit looked like a teeming metropolis, even Cleveland like a safe place to raise a family. Other cities had options, good neighbors, a fighting chance. Philadelphia had land to work with. Pittsburgh could count on help from Allegheny County. Insular and constricted, St. Louis had by 1980 dwindled to America's Twenty-Seventh City. Its population was 450,000, hardly half the 1930 figure.

-Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh City.

[Morris dancers dancing on the sidewalk on St. Anthony Main Street, Minneapolis.]


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