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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chesterfield, Missouri
Bikes: Fuji Roubaix, Trek 7200
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Even more bittersweet than it ought to be. In the valley are the remanants of small villages--Gumbo, Centaur, a couple others. During the floods of 1993 the entire valley was underwater after the levee broke. Since those floods were described as 500-year floods, and since the levee was reinforced and raised some, I imagine developers figured they could convince all the chain stores and restaurants to move in. They were right: Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Lowes, Target, Circuit City, Best Buy, some kind of Golf Mania store (some name like that), Everything's a Dollar, Subway, Olive Garden, Sonic, New York Burrito, Starbucks, Red Robin, the local bagel and bread place, and on and on and on...
As early as one year ago half these places were not there. Farmland in this county is all but gone, and the empty land, when it is developed, is either commercial stuff like this or McMansions.
You're east of East St. Louis
And the wind is making speeches.