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A popular opinion in St. Joseph is that the city is becoming exceedingly violent. But statistics show the number of non-fatal shootings per year has remained basically the same.

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The Interstate 229 double-decker bridge has seen better days. Rusted rebar pokes through its cracks, staining the concrete a dark orange. The underneath columns look like a patchwork quilt — a metaphor for the varying opinions on what should be done with the St. Joseph staple.