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Old 03-21-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Back in 1950, the city of St Louis had something like 850,000 residents. That made for one crowded city! Over the years, the city lost population to the suburbs (for a variety of reasons). The 2010 census figures say the city's population is down to 319,000. There are certain parts of St Louis in which empty lots and abandoned homes are all too common. In other words, there is plenty of room for more people.
Just how many residents should St Louis city comfortably accomodate? It would be easy to blurt out "why not 850,000? It happened before! " But stop and think about what the city would be like today with two-and-a half times the current population. imagine trying to navigate Kingshighway during rush hour with more then double the current traffic. Think about how double the litter, double the police incidents, and double the noise would affect the quality of life in the city.
Clearly, though, an increase in population would be good for the city too. A bigger tax base, less abandoned structures, and more infill can't be bad.
What would be the ideal population for St Louis and why?
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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450-500k
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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I agree with moorlander 450-500k giving us a population density of around 8,000 ppsm. Similar to Washington D.C. or Baltimore.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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There's plenty of room for plenty of people. I think 600k easy BUT only if we expand metrolink and/or rebuild streetcar system. But I don't think a goal higher than 400k is realistic in the relatively near future.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I think that any population that is an increase over the current, or previous census numbers would be good....To see population levels going in an upward swing would be good for not only morale, but the opinions of outsiders on our city as well...All in all, 400k+ would be nice, 450-500 would be pretty swell....Especially if those residents also made improvements to not only the currently popular areas of Soulard, Benton park, Lafayette square, cwe, etc...but tackled the hard places on the Northside.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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600k
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: The City of Shoes and Booze
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600-650k would be ideal with a population density around 9,600-10,500. The city wouldn't be wall to wall people and North City would see infill and population gains (especially the Cabanne and Near North area).
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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If we could get back to 400k I'd be pleased, but if the question is the ideal I'd say 550k. If it got any bigger than that the city might well be very healthy, but it would drive demand way up and I wouldn't be able to afford anything!
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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i would agree with others around 600k would be haealthy and give a real vibrant feel to the city. thats large enought to support a decnt shopping district in the city and keep things vibrant.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Fairview Heights, Hellinois
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There's plenty of room for plenty of people. I think 600k easy BUT only if we expand metrolink and/or rebuild streetcar system. But I don't think a goal higher than 400k is realistic in the relatively near future.
I think that St. Louis would be just fine with 700k plus if the public transportation infrastucture was upgraded/expanded. With the right planning, 800k to a million would work, but prices would be high.
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