East-West Gateway Board passes OneSTL, a regional plan for sustainable development

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments Board of Directors on Wednesday, Dec. 11, esday approved OneSTL, a regional plan for sustainable development that provides a framework for collaboration among local governments as they adapt to the changing needs of the area’s communities.

OneSTL is the culmination of three years of public meetings, surveys, and discussions that were funded by a $4.7 million planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the $100 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The amount St. Louis received in 2010 was the fourth highest among the 45 regional areas that received funding. HUD had received 225 grant applications.

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Carrying the freight: using roads, rails, and rivers to the region’s advantage

About half the freight that passes through St. Louis barely slows down, much less stops.

For the region to benefit from being at the crossroads of the country, local business, industry, civic, and political leaders need to devise ways that St. Louis becomes more of a destination, or an origin, and not just a sign post along the way to somewhere else.

Over the next 30 years, freight tonnage is expected to increase by 47 percent, an average growth rate of 1.3 percent. Truck tonnage is expected to increase by 74 percent, with an average growth rate of 1.9 percent. There is expected to be growth in all modes of

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Where We Stand: Poverty rates rise in region

About a third of St. Louis area residents live in households that have income below 200 percent of poverty, according to recent data released by the United States Census Bureau.

That doesn’t sound good, but when compared to 34 peer regions, there are 24 metro areas worse off by that measurement than St. Louis. Memphis has 41.1 percent of its residents living in households that are under the 200 percent of poverty threshold. Miami comes in at 40.2 percent, and Los Angeles it’ 38.7 percent. St. Louis has 30.5 percent of individuals living below 200 percent of the poverty level, which at the metropolitan statistical area means 840,626 people.

For

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Region’s median household incomes took a big hit during recession

The recession and its aftermath took a toll on household incomes in the St. Louis metro area, with only one county in the East-West Gateway core of the region avoiding a decline, when incomes were adjusted for inflation.

St. Clair County, from 2007 to 2011, had a 1.6 increase in median household income over those four years, when that income was adjusted to reflect 2011 dollars. The East-West Gateway region, which is the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties in Illinois and Missouri, saw a 8.5 percent decrease in median household income during that time span.

Worst hit was Jefferson County, which had a 17.3 percent

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St. Louis region’s slow, steady growth breaks almost evenly across the municipal level

How did your municipality do?

In the two years following the 2010 census, 101 municipalities in the core counties of the St. Louis area lost population, 86 municipalities gained residents, and 14 went unchanged from 2010 through 2012.

The municipalities with the largest absolute gains in population were O’Fallon, Mo., 2,650; Wentzville, 2,146; St. Peters, 1,503; O’Fallon, Ill., 912; the city of St. Charles, 669; and Dardenne Prairie, 523.

The municipalities with the largest percentage gain in population were Cottleville, 15 percent; Wentzville, 7 percent; Herculaneum, 6 percent, Mascoutah, 5 percent and Dardenne Prairie, 4.5 percent.

On a county level, the changes were split. Four counties increased population, with St.

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