The Smithsonian may have already laid claim to the "nation's attic" nickname, but St. Louis should push for the "nation's recycler" tag. As anyone who's ever had a neighbor move out can testify, when people depart St. Louis, they leave stuff behind. As the Germans moved in behind the French rivermen, so the young loft-dwellers reclaim our fallow downtown; as the hoosier squatters abandon another block, so moves in a new generation of young homeowners. Thanks to our fortuitous geographic location as the Gateway to the West and our thrifty settler ancestors, St. Louis has both a steady supply of people moving through and the genetic wherewithal to re-use those... More >>>