More on the Fletcher Ad in St. Louis
St. Louis is paying attention. The city is beginning to talk about Mark Andrews’ past as a social conservative who doesn’t let silly things like facts get in his way.
Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch chimes in on the matter and links St. Louis readers to Fletcher’s latest commercial.
Ever been to St. Louis? It’s hardly the bastion of criminality and corruption that Andrews and Fletcher try to blame on gambling. It’s always been a crime-ridden city. Casinos sure didn’t cause it– even if they’re not cleaning things up. And whose fault is that? Possibly that of legislators and government officials in Missouri and D.C. who cut law enforcement budgets left and right.
From a prominent St. Louis resident: “That building where the commercial was filmed, well, it’s about a block away from a thriving area of downtown St. Louis called Laclede’s Landing or just “The Landing.” For quite a while they’ve been expanding the restaurants, bars and stores there. It’s bustling and a far cry from the ghetto.”
Here’s a satellite view of the riverboat and the area of The Landing nearest the river:
Literally a block away from The Landing. A block away from the ever-expanding hustle and bustle of St. Louis that’s devouring the rundown buildings in the former industrial neighborhood in order to turn them into the hottest spots of the Midwest.
Sound familiar? Much like the ongoing regeneration of downtown Louisville.
If the maps weren’t enough, let’s go a step further. We’re taking you on a video tour of the area Ernie visited. You’ll see our photographer drive from one end of Lewis Street to the other (which is just a couple blocks) and eventually get out of the vehicle to walk around. It’s a little choppy, we apologize. But it’s worth watching for proof that Ernie’s latest commercial is absolutely a joke.
Look like the ghetto to you? No? Maybe an up-and-coming vibrant area that’s alive even in the morning hours?
Welcome to the reality-based community.