St. Louis City
* The crime, the suspect. Martie Aboussie once lived on that very block, who was the alderman for that ward for a long time. In 1998 or so, he got then mayor Clarence Harmon (Harmon’s son is the only real competition that Mary Pat Carl has to replace Jennifer Joyce as Circuit Attorney) to appoint him to be the city’s public safety director, mainly because Aboussie didn’t want to live on that block anymore, he wanted to move to a better part of the city, and as his ward was configured at the time, he didn’t have much wiggle room to both do that and stay in his own ward. This is why he needed a citywide job, to be able to move anywhere else in the city.
* Holly Hills? Yes, expensive, but it’s also right next to increasingly problematic Carondelet.
* Only 4th place, so there won’t be much of a hurry to bash the survey’s methodology. But it’s based on 2013 data, and by comparison to last year and so far this year, 2013’s days were Halcyon Days. Around the the time the Cardinals win the World Series this year, CQ Press (formerly Morgan Quitno) will release its own rankings, though I don’t know which year’s crime data it will be based upon. Just as the Cardinals beat Detroit to win the World Series in 2006, and then a few days later, we beat Detroit again in the Morgan Quitno ratings.