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Born in the MSA: Most people who live in St. Louis were born here. In other metros – not so much.

An ingrown toenail can be a painful nuisance that requires corrective attention. What about an “ingrown’ city?

St. Louis often is criticized as stodgy, not open to change, too insular, and not up-to-date. Image-wise, it sometimes is viewed as unattractive to people looking for a high energy, fun, robust metro area. Those views and appellations are subjective judgments, often fueled by some anecdotal trigger in the observer’s personal past. Seldom is an attempt made to justify these claims with a metro metric quantified by substantive data.

While “Born in the MSA” data is neither benign nor malign, it does show how St. Louis is a bit of an “ingrown city.”

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East-West Gateway’s annual awards go to 11 recipients

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its annual awards to 11 recipients during its annual meeting, recognizing area governments and officials for their achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and productive collaboration among local governments. The Outstanding Achievement in Local Government awards, known by their acronym as the OLGAs, are presented yearly by East-West Gateway to the local governments or individuals who have demonstrated a special commitment to their community and the region.

This year, East-West Gateway presented a Gateway Lifetime Public Service Awards to Mark Levin, city administrator of the city of Maryland Heights. Levin has been employed by Maryland Heights for 26 years and

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