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UPDATE: 10 good things you don't know about Ferguson

UPDATE: 10 good things you don't know about Ferguson


By David Weidner, MarketWatch

FERGUSON, Mo. (MarketWatch) -- You probably think you know this Missouri town on the edge of St. Louis. It's a war zone. It's a community full of tension, crime and poverty.

That's true, but it's half the truth. Ferguson is a lot of things, and not all of them are bad. Before the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests and looting, Ferguson was viewed with envy by neighboring towns.

There's a lot to like about Ferguson. I've narrowed the list to 10, but I could go on.

1. Ferguson has a college scene. It is home to the northern campus of St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley. Though it's largely a commuter campus, there's definitely a college vibe here. SLCC has 108 acres. The school offers the only two-year biotechnology program in the region. It also has nationally recognized programs for deaf communications, art and child care.

2. The Challenger Learning Center. This is probably one of the coolest places in St. Louis. Challenger is a space-education center that provides simulated space missions for kids. The main program is a two-hour session in which kids learn about engineering, astronomy, aeronautics, operating a mission-control center and spacecraft. It's based out of Houston, but it's the only one of its kind in the region.

3. Ferguson Brewing Co. A few blocks away from the protests is one of St. Louis' coolest and highly rated brew pubs -- not a small feat considering the region's brewing history. Ferguson Brewing ranks at the top for hot wings and happy hours. It's won multiple awards. It also was featured nationally in Food & Wine magazine.

4. Emerson Electric Co. This global Fortune 500 company posted $27 billion in revenue and $2 billion in net income last year. Its global headquarters is in Ferguson.

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