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The inspiration for this research line started with a string of recent discussions with transplants who have been told by natives: "we don't need new friends- we've got all the friends we need" and this exclusion makes it very difficult to meet people and make a comfortable life in St. Louis. The negative reputation of St. Louis among non-natives is one that I find hard to swallow, and the economic implications are depressing, as well.  If our lack of hospitality makes talented people want to leave St. Louis, corporations should care a lot about this problem, as should the local and state (IL and MO) governments.

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