With a history dating back before the Louisiana Purchase, archeological dig sites, and an extensive record of historical influence in the area, East St. Louis is a very interesting place to move. The area is also home to the world’s tallest fountain, opposite the Gateway Arch. With much of the area under renovation, East St. Louis is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, with a new library, urban gardening projects, and green developments in the area. While East St. Louis is known for its urban blight, new developments are slowly cleaning up the area, making it a better place to live, and a good place to find cheaper housing than in many other local towns. The St. Louis Metro Link also makes it easy to get to and from work in other parts of St. Louis from the area, but with local farm and industrial jobs, there are also some employment opportunities in the city.