The timing of my first meeting with dozens of small-town St. Louis County mayors who are now fighting talk of future consolidation couldn’t have been much worse.
It was in February 2014 at the Sunset Hills Community Center. The meeting had been set up a few weeks in advance. I was the editorial page editor at the time and the mayors had heard recently from the leaders of the nascent Better Together group, which was formed to study whether the divided government that defines the St. Louis region makes much sense.
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