Did you know the following statistics?
In 1992, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy conducted a survey to test literacy in adults (age 16 or over). Their findings showed:
- 29% of adults in St. Louis City lacked basic literacy skills compared to 8% in St. Louis County.
In 2003, a new survey was conducted to mark changes for the same demographic group. These findings showed a marked change in literacy levels in the Metropolitan area:
- In 2003, 13% of adults (-16% change) in St. Louis City lacked basic literacy skills.
- 6% of adults (-2% change) in St. Louis County lacked basic literacy skills.
The test findings do include people who cannot complete the test due to language barriers, a significant problem in St. Louis City as we have a growing immigrant population.
On the South Side, where I grew up, there was a strong Italian community called “The Hill”. Over the next twenty years, there was an influx of immigrants to the South Side who spoke Vietnamese, Bosnian, Arabic, Spanish, etc.
These immigrants have established a dining community on Grand South Grand that is a great stretch of road to get a wide selection of ethnic foods.