School Closings Hurt St. Louis Neighborhoods

Urban school closings in St. Louis are being blasted by community members for draining the souls of many of the city's neighborhoods.

"The children, it seems, weren't all that departed Hamilton Heights when the St. Louis Public Schools closed the doors of Hempstead Elementary, 5872 Minerva Avenue."

"'It took the heart out of this neighborhood,' said Roosevelt White, Hempstead Class of '81 and operator of the dry cleaning establishment his mother opened across the street from the school in 1962."

"Sometime in March, the residents of eight other St. Louis neighborhoods will learn if they are destined to endure the fate of Hamilton Heights and 25 other communities."

"Five city schools closed last year. The same number of buildings were closed in 2004. Those closings came on top of the 16 buildings, including Hempstead, that shut their doors a year earlier."

"In this go-around, eight more schools are scheduled to be moth-balled in a $3.3 million cost-cutting proposal St. Louis Public Schools officials emphasize is still in flux."

Full Story: School closings "take the heart" out of urban neighborhoods


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95