I have read the posts of the various members that are St. Louis, Missouri fans. So with great anticipation I visited St. Louis over this three day weekend. This city has to be the classic argument against sprawl. Mile after mile of strip malls, and big box retail that was just like the same crap two miles down the road. With the assistance of MoDot it had a third-world transportation vibe in some places. It stretched in all directions with no noticeable visual difference; homogenious bland retail uniformity. I confirmed that the urban core is indeed Gritty . All-in-all a soul-less and unsatisfying experience. Arggg!