CORPORATIONS: Where the Budweiser Flows

In South St. Louis, near the bleak and dreary Mississippi riverfront, there stands a gingerbread jumble of 100 buildings which form a city in themselves. They cover an area larger (72 city blocks) than Chicago's Loop, contain a spic & span power plant big enough to serve a city the size of Dallas, and are surrounded with as much rail trackage as Indianapolis. Each year, the buildings consume 3,522,980,000 gallons of water, 4,500,000 bushels of malted barley and the entire output (192,000 tons) of a nearby coal mine. Over them all hangs...

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