The City Of St. Louis

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When I moved from the small Illinois town of Madison to University City, a neighborhood in the city of St. Louis, I noted many differences between the two areas. As I expected, St. Louis offers quicker access to cultural areas and unique (albeit more expensive) restaurants and bars. However, I also noticed some surprising differences between the two locations, one of which being a lack of familiar grocery stores and fast food chains. Although in southern Illinois I was used to grocery stores such as Aldi, Schnucks, and Shop’N’Save, as well as having easy access to drive-thru fast food restaurants, I found that University City lacked many such drive-thru restaurants and mostly had grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s as well as smaller “organic” stores. Given that I was only relocating less than an hour’s drive away, I found the absence of recognizable food services intriguing. After learning more about the demographics of University City, particularly in comparison to the demographics of Madison, I was able create different theories as to why this difference existed and how to improve on the current grocery store situation in University City. In general, University City is a much more populous area than Madison. According to the 2010 US Census (posted on the official websites of the cities of University City and Madison, respectively), the total population of University City is 35,371 and the total population of Madison is 4,545. Thus, it is expected that

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