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'GOOD Ideas for Cities' challenges and participants chosen for St. Louis

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2012 - "GOOD" magazine has selected seven groups of St. Louisans to focus on local challenges, who will reveal the results of their brainstorming in a free March 8 event at the Contemporary Art Museum.

The challenges include

  • boosting MetroLink ridership
  • increasing city schools' graduation rates
  • growing more local food
  • preserving parks.

Each challenge will be addressed by two or more area leaders and a creative team.
The lineup of leaders includes well-known St. Louisans such as Vince Schoemehl and Mayor Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford, among others. Teams boasts a variety of names including Arch City Revival, STL Provocateur and ACTivate the City.

The complete list is online at the "GOOD" website:


Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.