We Need to Talk About St. Louis Losing Its Black Residents, Ness Sandoval Says

St. Louis' population decline is often talked about in the context of the city's population peaking shortly after World War II and then dropping steadily in the seven decades since. But Saint Louis University professor and demographer Ness Sándoval says that to only focus on the city is to miss the bigger issue bedeviling St. Louis, and that is people leaving the region altogether — specifically, Black families. Sandoval talked to the RFT about why this is happening, where they're going and why it matters. 

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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