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Readers: Year Later Conditions ‘Slightly Better’ In Ferguson

August 12, 2015 Ferguson, Politics/Policy, St. Louis County No Comments

In the Sunday Poll readers indicated conditions were “slightly better” than they were just before Mike Brown was shot a year earlier. Protests, rightly so, continue because conditions are only slightly better, rather than significantly better.   And criminals use the protests as an opportunity to cause chaos.

Aside from the political & institutional, the physical isn’t much better. Most buildings burned are now just vacant sites. Only one was rebuilt.

Public Storage office at 9291 W. Florissant in August 2014
Public Storage office at 9291 W. Florissant in August 2014
Same after the late night decision to not indict Wilson, November 2014
Same after the late night decision to not indict Wilson, November 2014
Not sure when this new office was completed. photo: August 7, 2015
Not sure when this new office was completed. photo: August 7, 2015

The results:

Q: It’s been a year since Mike Brown was shot in Ferguson. How would you rate conditions today compared to just prior to his death?

  1. Slightly better 16 [44.44%]
  2. Unchanged 7 [19.44%]
  3. Significantly worse 4 [11.11%]
  4. Slightly worse 3 [8.33%]
  5. TIE 3 [8.33%]
    1. Worse
    2. Other:
      1. better in what way?
      2. Tougher for the lawmakers; open season for the law breakers.
      3. Same, but with more awareness of how bad conditions are
  6. TIE 0 [0%]
    1. Better
    2. Significantly better
    3. Unsure/No Answer

The current conditions are institutionalized and will take decades to change.

— Steve Patterson

 

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