ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - “St. Louis is a failed city and the leadership has neither the vision, the capacity or the will to fix this condition.”
Harsh words slung at city hall by the man who served as Chief of Staff for former mayor Clarence Harmon.
Mike Jones told KMOX News that the St. Louis region has been on a steady 50-year decline toward economic irrelevance.
Jones, who’s now heading up St. Louis’ China Hub effort, didn’t want to directly address his letter published in the St. Louis American, but did say that you can’t fix it if you can’t talk about it.
Mike Jones’ quote published in the St. Louis American
My involvement in this project rests upon certain assumptions. First, St. Louis is a failed city. It’s financially bankrupt and structurally obsolete and the leadership, has neither the vision, the capacity or the will to fix this condition. Secondly, the St. Louis region is and has been in a steady 50-year decline towards economic irrelevance.
Jones wasn’t willing to go on tape, but Mayor Francis Slay was.
He defended his administration against Jones’ claims of a lack of leadership while attending a ceremony at the renovated Peabody Opera House right next door to City Hall.
“I think need to really kind of continue to do bold things like (the renovation of the former Kiel Opera House),” Slay responded. “I mean we’re standing in a building that wouldn’t have happened without vision, leadership, and determination to get something really difficult done. And we’re going to continue to do it.”
Mayor Slay says China Hub is an example of St. Louis finding new ways to re identify and reinvent itself.
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