Pine Lawn

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Pine Lawn is a city in St. Louis County. The population was 4,204 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Pine Lawn is located at 38°41′42″N, 90°16′32″W (38.695101, -90.275543).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 mi², all land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,204 people, 1,469 households, and 1,066 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,942.5/mi². There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 2,822.2/mi². The racial makeup of the city was 2.35% White, 95.96% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 1,469 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.0% were married couples living together, 42.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,500, and the median income for a family was $23,217. Males had a median income of $23,542 versus $22,399 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,908. About 34.3% of families and 36.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 54.5% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

"Sagging" Ban

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In November, 2007, the Pine Law city council passed a law that would make wearing saggy pants that show either skin or underwear a crime punishable by a $100 fine for those 17 and older. If someone 16 or under is found wearing saggy pants and showing skin or underwear, their parents can be fined up to $500, or spend 90 days in prison.[1]

Police Chief Rickey Collins gave some insight into the reasoning behind the legislation, his main reason being that saggy pants could cause people to have difficulty finding a job.[2]

Mayor Sylvester Caldwell has said that his main interest in enforcing the law is to bring back "family values" to Pine Lawn. His reasoning: "When I was coming up as a shorty here in Pine Lawn back in the '60s, my grandmother always told me, 'Boy, you better pull those britches up or I'm going to get that switch on you.' I was taught like that. I just think you got kids raising kids now. Where are the values?"[3]

Other Pine Lawn officials have said that the main reason for the ban is that seeing people with saggy pants gives potential developers a bad impression of the city, and drives them away.[4]

As of February 2008 no one has been ticketed. The constitutionality of the law has yet to be tested in court, but some experts believe the law would be overturned if challenged because it violated both First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.[5]

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Map

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