Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Scrubby Bosnians

The woman in the long print skirt furiously swept the sidewalk on Gravois just north of Bevo Mill. Up and down this boulevard the Bosnian presence in St. Louis can be seen every day. Although it is still called Dutchtown for the German immigrants who moved here early in the last century, it is now dominated by immigrants from the Balkans. Bakeries, grocery stores, bars, restaurants are signs of the renewed life that the Bosnians have brought to the neighborhood. And, yes, there's also an Internet cafe, where for a buck fifty, an aging German American can sip espresso and blog for free. Is this a great country or what?