Setting East St. Louis On The Right Track

Kenneth Reardon recounts the decade-long successful effort to revitalize the once-devestated East St. Louis community.

East St. Louis was once called the most devastated small city in the country. But the dedication of some resident organizers and the support of a local university brought a light rail stop into one of the poorest neighborhoods - and with it access to jobs, schools, and new hope, writes Kenneth Reardon. "Nowhere was the devastation more visible than in the older neighborhoods like Emerson Park, which surround the city's business district and where most of the city’s poorest residents live.

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