Fragmented by Design: by Terry Jones
Palmerston & Reed (June 1, 2000)

Political Scientist Terry Jones has often been asked the question: why does St. Louis have so many governments? This book is his exploration of the question and its many answers. The book begins with the split between the City and County of St. Louis in 1876 and goes on to how St. Louis went from one dominant government, the City of St. Louis, to more than 300 in the region today. It also touches on the ramifications of having that many individual municipalities, some tiny and some huge. This book explores the suburban explosion, the rise of regional districts, and the outlook for the future.  Available digitally only here. »Download now



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St. Louis Plans -- The Ideal and the Real St. Louis

 

This is the third book in the St. Louis Metromorphosis series. "St. Louis Plans: The Ideal and the Real St. Louis" was produced by PPRC in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society, and edited by PPRC director Mark Tranel.

St. Louis has a rich history of planning that has not been previously documented. The plans that have been made over the years by public, nonprofit and civic agencies have given the St. Louis metropolitan area its shape and direction. Plans are the basis of the physical and built environment as well as the activities and agendas that are carried out within this environment. This volume reviews the history of various aspects of planning and provides insight into planning successes and challenges. It presents a novel exploration of the St. Louis region, one that considers the blueprints for the urban area as it exists today. Planner Harlan Bartholomew once said that "the objective of a city plan is the improvement of living conditions, the stimulation of prosperity, and the creation of intangible values in added health, comfort, convenience, and community well-being." This book illustrates the ways that future plans can provide a path to those "intangible values". View book contents here.

Order your copy by calling 314.516.5277, or email pprc@umsl.edu. You can also send a check for $22.95, made payable to the Public Policy Research Center, to PPRC, attn: Becky, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard 362SSB, St. Louis, MO 63121.

Paperback: 520 pages
Publisher: Missouri Historical Society Press (December 3, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1883982618
Cost: $22.95



In 2006, Hidden Assets: Connecting the Past to the Future of St. Louis hit the bookshelves. Produced by PPRC in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society, and edited by Richard Rosenfeld, it is the second book in the St. Louis Metromorphosis series.

In this volume, several scholars address the challenges St. Louis faces-segregation, crime, and stagnant growth-while also focusing on the promising but often-overlooked aspects of the city, its "hidden assets."

St. Louis has long been plagued by problems. Annual statistics grimly highlight population loss and crime rates, deteriorating public services, poverty; class segregation and political fragmentation. Based on standard measures, the region's future appears dim. However, the authors argue that the above indicators are not the only ones by which the present and possible future of St. Louis should be assessed. Both the central city and the surrounding region contain many hidden assets that, if effectively nurtured and promoted, augur a brighter future for the St. Louis metropolitan area. Each chapter in Hidden Assets contains an essay that highlights concrete attractions, such as the city's major medical complex, its excellent and diverse public and private schools, and its robust blues music tradition, as well as more abstract features, such as its historic relationship with the mighty Mississippi. This volume explores the implications of St. Louis's idiosyncrasies for sustainable long-term growth in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The book is available at Borders and Barnes and Noble, the UM-St. Louis bookstore and the Missouri History Museum's Louisiana Purchase gift shop (314-454-3172). You may also send a check for $22.95, made payable to the Public Policy Research Center, to PPRC, Attn: Becky, University of Missouri-- St. Louis, 362 SSB, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121. Or email us at pprc@umsl.edu




In 2004, St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions hit the bookshelves. Produced by PPRC in partnership with the Missouri Historical Society, and edited by E. Terrence Jones and Brady Baybeck, it is the first in a series of volumes that documents and analyzes economic, social, political and historical aspects of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

St. Louis Metromorphosis offers a sophisticated analysis of what has been happening within the St. Louis metropolitan area over the last five decades. Using data sets extending back as long as a century, twelve scholars from four area universities, including UM-St. Louis, analyze key policy issues and trends. One chapter by PPRC Director Mark Tranel elucidates the implications of shifts in jobs from manufacturing to service, and examines which enterprises have flourished and which have withered. In another chapter Scott Decker, Curators Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UM-St. Louis, writes on "a century of homicide." He explores the ways ethnicity, neighborhood composition, and population have influenced the number and nature of murders in St. Louis. View book contents here

The book is available at the UM-St. Louis bookstore and the Missouri History Museum's gift shop. You may also send a check for $22.95, made payable to the Public Policy Research Center, to PPRC, University of Missouri-- St. Louis, 362 SSB, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63121. Or email us at pprc@umsl.edu


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