Busch's Last Call in St. Louis?

St. Louis was once the site of a World's Fair and the fourth largest city in America. Now it may even lose its brewery

Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / MCT / Landov

The specter of a buyout looms over the Gateway City's Anheuser-Busch brewery.

Poor St. Louis. Everyone has a tear or two for gritty cities facing hard times — for the Detroits, the Clevelands, the Buffalos — but who spares a thought for the elegant dowager reduced to reusing tea bags? St. Louis was never a rude boomtown. It was the Midwestern city with an Athenian heart, valuing music and philosophy, nurturing a great university, birthing poets and hosting, in one incredible zenith year, both the World's Fair and the Summer Olympics.

Unfortunately, that zenith was 104...

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