Metropolis in Freefall
An eye-opening article scheduled to appear in the next issue of the Arch City Chronicle lays bare the many and varied woes of Metropolis St. Louis, once touted as the city's greatest hope (and, in the interest of full disclosure, once led by both of the authors of this blog). Run, don't Walk, to get your hands on a copy this week.
A taste of the issues raised:
"Within the past month, the steering committee has suffered four resignations. But there hasnít been any communication about this to the membership. Itís as if the organization is on auto-pilot as it nosedives. Meanwhile many big questions go unanswered: Does Metropolis have the financial wherewithal to continue? As its average age continues to creep toward forty, how does Metropolis keep from becoming a parody of itself? Has Metropolis become like those self-perpetuating organizations it used to despise?"
by Amanda Doyle on Mon., Jun 7, 2004 at 2:06 PM
Quick get RJ to start doing stuff for CommonSpace--he seems to be the only guy getting things done--and with actual young people.
[Posted by ArchPundit
on Mon., Jun 7, 2004 at 8:54 PM]
This would certainly explain some of the problems I've been having with them lately . . .
[Posted by Brian
on Wed., Jun 9, 2004 at 10:17 AM]
yeah, and the continuing silence is deafening, ain't it?
[Posted by amanda
on Wed., Jun 9, 2004 at 10:36 AM]
And that's the thing -- no one replies to any of the inquiries I've been making. It's like a ghost ship with no one at the helm.
If this really is the end of the organization, it's sad to see it go like this - with not even much of a whimper.
[Posted by Brian
on Wed., Jun 9, 2004 at 11:36 AM]
Breaking news...in a e-mail sent to the Metropolist this evening, current MSTL prez Christina Reid announced her resignation. She'll be leaving St. Louis to join her current boyfriend in Northern California.
I think this makes the sixth Steering Committee resignation this term, and by far, it's the biggest.
Is this the death knell for Metropolis? As a long-time member and supporter myself, I hope not. But I'm honestly afraid the writing may be on the wall now.
Will post her e-mail (with your permission) later...
[Posted by STL media wonk
on Thu., Jun 17, 2004 at 12:01 AM]