1) Driving south/east on I-70 towards downown, at one spot on the east side of the road about a mile north of downtown, I saw an abandoned railroad viaduct, but what struck me was cantenary poles above the overgrown tracks. Aside from the transit system, I didn't know that St. Louis had electricrified railroads at one time. Anybody know the history of these tracks?
2) It appears that the northern suburbs, a few years ago almost exclusively white, are experiencing massive racial ransition. Looking at US Census demographic progiles, the only northern suburb that has a majority white population -- a very slight majority -- is Florissant. Resegregation is taking place in North County, and it's happening fast. Are the governments of the northern 'burbs making plans to ensure the stability and desirability of these communities after resegregation in complete, so they avoid the fate of places like Jennings and East St. Louis? Where have the former white residents moved?
3) Any plans for the reuse of the Macarthur Bridge?
4) Looking on municipal boundary maps, it looks like there is a long, narrow section of East St. Louis that extends east of IL 152 and the escarpment/elevation on the east side of the Mississippi River. What is this area like?