Congratulations to St. Louis, Missouri for falling to second place in the annual Most Dangerous Cities in America list! Thanks to a strong showing from perennial contender and this year's most dangerous city Detroit, the Gateway City will surely enjoy a year-long renaissance and maybe slightly fewer of its citizens will abandon it. Camden, New Jersey—first place winner in 2004 and 2005—held on to fifth place and New York is ranked a pathetic 130-something. The annual list, compiled from FBI crime statistics, helps reinforce the cycle of poverty, white flight, and neglect that is killing post-industrial America while the rich create unsustainable fantasy worlds on the coasts. And it provides a nice way for a news anchor to fill up 45 seconds.

Detroit Declared Most Dangerous US City [AP]