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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Reduction of Wards in St. Louis

The City of St. Louis is considering reducing the number of wards in the city. Voters have seemed to like this idea. Unfortunately, my colleague Glenn Burleigh is correct in being skeptical. After all, reducing the 28 wards to some smaller number will not improve things unless significant policy changes and better ways of doing things takes place. This is unlikely to happen. The city would be left with fewer aldermen who would be more powerful because there will be a smaller number of them. It is the total parochial aldermanic system that is at fault, not the number of wards. Written by Paul Dribin

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