BBC Tackles the 'Delmar Divide'

The British news magazine looks at the racial divide on either side of University City's Delmar Blvd.

and the vibrant Delmar Loop often make the national news, but it's not every day that the international media comes to town. Rarer still when that news outlet covers a story that is uniquely homegrown.

BBC News Magazine's Altered State column recently took a look at the 'Delmar Divide" and how one of University City's biggest boulevards has come to be known as a dividing line in St. Louis.

The BBC's Franz Strasser talked to residents, business owners and pastors on both sides of the street about why things are the way they are. See his video here

Strasser cites a Manhattan Institute study, which terms St. Louis as one of the most segregated cities in the United States.

Lisa K March 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM
This part of Delmar is in the Central West End, not University City.
Repps Hudson March 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Wow, this is such an over-simplified view of St. Louis, and it's not UCity at all, where the divide is more along Olive. Yes, it's true, but there is so much more this piece does not cover: new houses and neighborhoods on both sides of Delmar east of Euclid, down near the Veterans Administration Hospital; efforts by people to bridge this divide; new houses built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. If you know an area like many of us do, you can see how a short video clip does not do it justice. Repps Hudson
Gloria Nickerson March 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM
This video is strictly in reference to the portion of Delmar that is within the City of St. Louis. While University City has its own racial issues, it is not depicted within this article or the video. Most of those living within the confines of University City say adamantly that there is diffrent treatment to those living north or south of Olive and that those business that are located on Delmar (within the loop) get special treatment. Many U. City residents also fear that Washington University is buying too much property (which gets removed from the tax roll). Issues in University City or issues of the residents and can be remediated through good/smart city government and citizen involvement.
Charles F March 15, 2012 at 02:09 PM
This BBC video has nothing to do with University City. It has to do with the City of St. Louis and Delmar Blvd. This is mayor Slays problem, but in typical Slay fashion we will hear nothing out of his mouth concerning this. He is busy publicly endorsing Lacy Clay for congress to make sure he gets all the African American votes North of Delmar when he runs for mayor again.
Billy Frank Thornton March 15, 2012 at 02:26 PM
If one is looking for divides...one will find them. My take...south of Delmar, an influence divide. South of Olive a religious divide. The great unknown is northwest of Olive and Woodson. Here is a list of my grade schools beginning in 1952: Daniel Boone, Blackberry, Brittany annex, and Greensfelder. Guess someone at our school district had a good grease pencil to redraw borders.
Lisa K March 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
How about an article that is actually about UCity? It shouldn't be too hard to get similar statistics (income, level of education) and do some reporting on the issue of dividing lines here. It seems that many people associate Delmar with the loop (understandably), but it originates deep in St Louis, and this article is just plain in error. I would suggest editing the article to reflect the facts: Delmar Blvd is one of St Louis's biggest boulevards, and happens to go through UCity. The focus of this video is a small area in the Central West End.
Lauren Smith March 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I agree with most of the comments above. I enjoyed the video but from reading your article you made it appear to be about University City and the Delmar Loop. The Delmar Loop is not synonymous with Delmar Boulevard.
Mary Zaggy March 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks to the commentor who mentioned how Washington Univ. is buying/has bought up so much property, takes it off the tax rolls, and rents it out to its students so they don't have to drive their Lexuses too far to get to class. This effectively removes about $800,000 from our school district's income EVERY year. Other colleges around the country, with far smaller endowments than Wash U,pay their host city that amount which the school's nontaxpaying ownership of residential housing has removed from the tax rolls. Many of these colleges and universities which pay "PILOT" or "Payment In Lieu Of Taxes" are highly-ranked schools, in the 'Ivy League" to which Wash U aspires. We need to get Wash U to pay their fair share--their "PILOT" By the way, Wash U often points out that they don't need to pay "PILOT" because U City benefits just from having Wash U in our backyard. Oh--we are SO lucky. Oh--and Wash U pays the salary of a U City police officer, but last time I checked, the salaries for law enforcement personnel were not anywhere near $800,000.
Kerry Andrews March 16, 2012 at 08:32 AM
I went to college in the CWE in the early 1990's. Back then the bad neighborhood started at Lindell. I lived on West Pine next to a rundown house without power and neighbors drinking during the day going on about how "bad they did Rodney King." Now this block is gorgeous! The video fails to mention the great improvements from West Pine north to Delmar over the last 20 years. I'm sure improvements will continue to spread north.


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