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Ferguson, Five Years Later

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Photography by Michael Thomas

A feature package in St. Louis Magazine's August issue, Ferguson, Five Years Later is a look at how far we've come—and how far we have yet to go. 

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Michael Thomas

"The most important thing to me is to secure the lives of other children. My son is gone—I can’t bring him back—but how can we put something in place where other children are protected?" Read more

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"A priority of my new administration is to tackle our region’s persistent challenges with race, disparities, and public safety." Read more

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Michael Thomas

The high school is still below state averages in English language arts, math, science, and social studies, but there are some bright spots. Read more

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Kevin A. Roberts

“It’s been an amazing experience,” says a retired elementary-school teacher. “I now think that when we register to vote, we need to be handed a copy of 'Dog Whistle Politics.'" Read more

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"In the last five years, we have probably seen five of those signature priorities really acted upon and implemented with some measure of rigor and effectiveness.” Read more

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Delrish Moss was hired as Ferguson's police chief in 2015. Over two and a half years, he made these dramatic changes in the Ferguson department’s recruitment and approach. Read more

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Michael Thomas

Tens of millions have flowed into the city over the past five years. But has it made a difference for everyone? Read more

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Michael Thomas

Empty lots on West Florissant and in the Springwood plaza could see major reinvigoration. Read more

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Michael Thomas

They're doing it through grants, podcasts, and a forthcoming documentary. Read more

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