Over the weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed written by a St. Louis transplant called "Loving the Midwest." In the piece, writer Curtis Sittenfeld discusses her move to St. Louis in 2007 for her husband's job -- and why the two of them were at first not so happy with their new home. "If our friends from the coasts disparaged the heartland, we were quick to defend it," she writes. "Privately, however, we were critical."
The conclusion of her piece is that she has actually grown to love St. Louis, in large part because it's a great place to raise children and its size fosters a sense of community.
But before Sittenfeld explains her appreciation for St. Louis, and why she now considers herself a "local," she outlines her initial disdain, touching upon some of the oft-stated reasons why transplants may at first dislike it here.
For our transplant and native readers alike, we've compiled below some of the most common complaints from outsiders, which the author nicely summarizes in the op-ed.
Do you have a response to these typical critiques from non-natives? Are you a transplant who decided to stay in St. Louis? Let us know in the comments!
10. Provel tastes like cellophane
Sittenfeld writes in the op-ed, "We thought that pizza made with the beloved local cheese -- Provel -- tasted as if it had been cooked with cellophane."
9. St. Louis is in a red state!
Those damn red-state people with their Bush stickers and SUVs! Folks from more liberal states on the coasts especially seem to like this complaint, even if St. Louis is a blue city.
"There was a particular car I soon came to think of as distinctly St. Louis-ish: a gigantic white S.U.V. with a W. bumper sticker on it for George W. Bush," she writes.
8. Really bad drivers
In the Times op-ed, the author writes of her husband: "[O]n the highway, he was mystified by drivers, all of whom seemed to crowd into the right lane."
(Some national studies have shown that Missouri does in fact have some of the worst drivers in the country.)
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