F. Kenneth Taylor
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and living only minutes away from Ferguson, MO, I personally wanted to do this piece to continue to dispel remnants of the negative veil that was cast upon Ferguson, MO in the aftermath of the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown Jr. by then, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. I travel and commute through Ferguson daily and have close friends that are residents of the community… in short, you can say this hits very close to home for me.
Although many of the small businesses that once called Ferguson home were not able to fully recover or rebuild from the damage of the riots that followed the Michael Brown shooting, a select group have rebuilt and re-opened such as; Kathy’s Kitchen, Fashions R Us, Natalie’s Cakes & More. There has even been the emergence of additional new small businesses opening in the area as well.
Despite the fact many residents would still like to see Mayor James Knowles III resign, the Mayor has brought additional economic growth and job opportunity to the community with the erection of a new Metro Transit Center, Starbucks, and several other businesses, while others continue to spring forth. There has also been a quaint degree of improvement in police-to-resident relations, although more healing and efforts are needed.
Despite the negative press from media outlets only concerned with showcasing the worst of the city, as well as boosting ratings; The City of Ferguson, MO is beginning to shine once again, as its residents are resume everyday life and activities as normal.
I also have a question for those media outlets: Where are you now? Now that Ferguson is shining brightly once again? P.S. That’s a rhetorical question.