I’m sure many of my STL friends have seen the great and highly regarded article ranking St. Louis as the 3rd most dangerous city in the world.
If you haven’t, here is a link: http://urbantitan.com/10-most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world-in-2011/
Being born and raised in the city of St. Louis, I absolutely love when we are ranked the most dangerous city in the US - it’s a good laugh and another excuse for me to boast about my city. But this, this just takes the cake. Being ranked just under cities who struggle with things like narco-terrorism and drug trafficking seems a litte ridiculous. Those of us from the great city know that the statistics are a little off: should East St. Louis be included, what about the hundred(s) of municipalities which make up the metropolitan area, are the residents of the city crippled with the fear of leaving their homes? I know I do not live in a particularly bad part of the city but I have never feared walking around my neighborhood. Yes, there are parts that are not the greatest, but I think the city as a whole has a lot going for it. Misleading statistics like this, while they may raise a little jesting morale for us St. Louisians who know the great truths about the city, are disheartening in that they don’t help enhance the nation and the world’s view of what I consider and hope outsiders will come to learn is a fucking great city. Yes, it’s not about what other people think of us, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have people and businesses wanting to come to St. Louis. Just a few days ago The Onion posted an article about St. Louis stating it has “not much in the way of culture” and, while it was funny, it made me a little sad. (http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-adds-4-million-jobs-but-in-st-louis,26759/) St. Louis has a lot of culture. Just walk through Forest Park or down Cherokee Street. I’m not going to argue for St. Louis’ culture, that’s not what my intention is with this post. I believe that St. Louis is a great city and that it tends to get a bad rep. I also think it is a little ridiculous that we are on this list. Just look at the pictures pictures provided and see which look dangerous. Perhaps the most telling evidence that St. Louis does not belong on the list is, in fact, the picture used: http://www.theonion.com/articles/rookie-told-to-ease-up-on-crimescene-tape,9836/ . This picture was used 5 years ago by The Onion, is CLEARLY photoshopped, and (correct me if I am wrong) is not even a STLPD uniform worn by the officer in the picture. So, cheers to St. Louis for this “honor” and I cannot wait to come home to the 3rd most dangerous city in the world. Even if I might get shot.