Eons ago I was taking a cab form the STL airport to Scott AFB. The cab driver asked if I was going to do any sightseeing - then warned me to stay of out STL and that “east STL would get me killed”.
This was in the late 70s - glad to see things have gotten better...
Custom "airbrushing" and missing hubcaps complements of East St. Louis.
Funny you mention Scott AFB, though... I dated a lovely young woman that attended McKendree College in Lebanon... drove out to take her to her homecoming dance on the Air Base. Along time ago.