This is the second part of short description of my day out with a group from my son's school in St. Louis city. The first part is here.
St. Louis city has endured wider swings of good and bad fortune than most comparable cities since its founding in 1763, not least due to the adminstrative decision in 1876 to seceed from the surrounding county, St. Louis County. What might have made sense at the time in purely economic terms rebounded nearly fatally in the 20th century as the balance of prosperity moved to the county's advantage.
Even as little as ten years ago, downtown St. Louis city was an area of abandoned buildings, with a dead night-life away from a few concentrated riverside locations and was strongly associated with the poverty and crime that still mar parts of the north and central south city.
This has changed. …