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No surprise that study by Brookings Institution stresses regional solutions to metro challenges

Much can be unearthed, and much will be left buried in the 168-page report with the lofty title “The State of Metropolitan America.” The Brookings Institution has been releasing dribs and drabs of data over the last few days, highlighting first the angle about the increasing diversity of the nation’s suburbs, then moving on to wider aspects of the “demographic transformation” of the nation’s metropolitan areas.

St. Louis doesn’t fare too poorly in the rating of the nation’s largest metros, being lumped into the “skilled anchor” classification, which is set aside for “slow-growing, less diverse metro areas that boast higher-than-average levels of educational attainment.” Of the nation’s largest 100 metros,

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When is sports an investment, and more than a game?

Two of the books by Mark Rosentraub, a professor at the University of Michigan, were written 12 years apart. One, in 1997, was called “Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who’s Paying for It.” Last year, the other book was titled, “Major League Winners: How Some Cities Turned Subsides for Sports and Culture Into New Downtowns.”

In the first book, a chapter on St. Louis stated that it had one of the best examples of sports development in the public-private partnership that led to the remake of the Kiel Center, and St. Louis had the worst example of sports development in the fully public financing of

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