More say, 'Meet me in St. Louis' as city shows signs of renewal - Charisse Jones (USA Today, May 10)
USA Today came to town, and didn't quite get everything right -- although it's good to get good press from a paper read at airports, motels and chain restaurants everywhere.
Here are a few problematic sentences:
"The old post office, for years a relic surrounded by other vacant buildings, has been refurbished, its space fully rented."
This project is the worst representative of downtown renovation. The OPO is fully rented by government agencies and institutions invited (or cajoled) into taking space. The only entrepreneurial tenants are the Pasta House Pronto and the St. Louis Business Journal, and those both have ties to the developers of the project. Yawn!
"Lambert-St. Louis International Airport unveiled a $1 billion expansion April 13."
This is evidence of renaissance? All I have read about the expansion so far has been bad news: cost overruns, limited efficiency, lack of use of new runways and so forth. Plus, the airport is far away fom the city and has little to do with the quality of life for St. Louisans -- although I guess it's a bellwether for USA Today readers.
"McCree Town, a violent southside neighborhood that was filled with dilapidated housing, has been rechristened Botanical Heights, and people are lining up to buy new homes."
Not only did the paper get the McRee Town name wrong, it readily accepted force-fed facts to paint a rosy picture.
"After losing some corporate headquarters in recent years, the city hopes the presence of local institutions such as Washington University will help nurture new industries."
Huh? Perhaps the reporter skim-read a packet from CORTEX.