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Public meetings begin as communities start to plan for a sustainable future

What kind of future do citizens of St. Louis want?

How best to adapt to a future fraught with rising fuel prices, unstable housing markets and environmental concerns will be part of the discussion about sustainable development at a series of public meetings that begins Wednesday, March 14, at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and Thursday, March 15, at the Richmond Heights Community Center. Both meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. More meetings will be held throughout the region in March, April and May.

The meetings will focus on efforts to coordinate transportation, housing and environmental policy in order to develop a regional plan

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Could concern over public safety lead to more public common sense?

Often people, and institutions, don’t do what needs to be done until it’s absolutely necessary. They may think a certain course of action would be better, or an improvement, yet until faced with no clear rational alternative, they delay the good idea, they postpone the day of reckoning.

For the tiny town of St. George, all .18 square miles of it, that reckoning happened in December when its citizens voted to dis-incorporate. St. George is a goner.

The cost of that South County mini-municipality’s police force had long ago surpassed the benefit it provided, so St. George contracted with the St. Louis County Police Department to provide public safety

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