We’re excited to welcome you to the Web site of the Public Insight Network, where we highlight a variety of community perspectives on pressing issues in the St. Louis region. All stories are informed by sources in our Network through their responses to questionnaires related to various topics. Responses through the Network have far-reaching effects, informing stories and projects that appear on this site, on Nine PBS and in the St. Louis Beacon.
Emily Huck does. Huck, 22, who will graduate next weekend from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, said she is relieved to have found a job. She will be returning to St. Louis to work in business management at a fitness center.
On ink and paper, working mom Jill Kaplan juggles her job, family and marriage, while trying to hold on to who she is as an individual. Her story unfolds in “The Pajama Diaries,” by cartoonist and Washington University grad Terri Libenson. Libenson herself is a work-at-home mom, and it’s a situation she enjoys.
“I don’t have to worry about how I look,” she says. “I pretty much look the same as when I roll out of bed.”
Her work, and time, can be unpredictable, which she’s gotten used to. And if one of her children is sick or has to miss school, she’s usually the one to step in and be there, with the understanding with her husband that she’ll have to make up her time later.
Nicole Cortes felt the “pull” of Cherokee Street when she was looking for a home.
Cortes, an immigration attorney with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, said she was attracted to “the diversity and the eclectic mix of small businesses” in the south St. Louis commercial hub. She was also heartened by the area’s affordable property — and demographic diversity.
“I would describe it as a very interesting and stimulating, eclectic, diverse neighborhood,” Cortes said. “It’s a very urban neighborhood with families that have been around for generations, mixed together with a wonderful, vibrant Latino community both in the residences and also very much in the businesses. And then what I see on at least our end of Cherokee is a third piece of a sort of hipster, artsy community as well.”
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