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Monday, June 10, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Transplants Criticize St. Louis

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2. Is the "Midwestern friendliness" real?


Are people really that nice here?

The checkout clerk at the grocery store "greets you as warmly as your grandmother," but with people you know, it can be different. She says:

The much vaunted Midwestern friendliness is, in my experience, more evident not among people you know, but among those you don't. It may take a year and a half to be invited to a dinner party...

1. Natives and transplants don't mix


Following the theme of St. Louis being a tough place to make friends as adults, one of the author's observations is that transplants don't really befriend non-transplants.

(There's a big enough transplant-native disconnect, that there appears to be a group dedicated to bridging the gap!)

On becoming friends with other transplants, she writes:

Eventually, my husband and I made friends with people who are mostly transplants like us, or in some cases a half transplant-half local couple in which one spouse lured the other back -- because St. Louis is, you know, such a great place to raise kids.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.

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