(Lynne) I grew up in Chicago and this neighborhood, West of Western has always been thought of as very negative because of the dividing line of Western Avenue. Ooo don’t go past West of Western! It used to be not so many businesses, and at one point, there was a lot of gangs and drugs.
(upbeat music) – So I just arrived in St. Louis, Missouri and we are about to drive to Alton, Illinois, which is about a half an hour away across the river, and they don’t know we’re coming and I cannot wait to go and surprise them. – [Radio DJ] Good Morning, Alton. You’re listen to
(mellow music) – [Narrator] Small towns across the country are struggling to survive. – When manufacturing left the country, we were particularly hard hit. – So many of our businesses are maybe one or two bad weekends away from shutting their doors. – If things continue as they are now, there’s no way that we’d
Chances are if you’re watching this video, you speak English as your native tongue. It’s also likely accurate to state that English is the only language that you know with reasonable command. Literacy rates in English speaking sovereign states today are remarkable and exceedingly high. It is estimated that nearly 98% of the United States
– [Announcer] Annabella’s is a local restaurant with a heart for bringing people together. – Every special occasion, we come here. – [Announcer] But seasonal woes have threatened to close their doors. – There’s a lot of job stress. We call it as the pizza turns around here sometimes. – [Announcer] Can a small business