Before racial unrest seized Ferguson in August, the St. Louis suburb showed signs of resurgence. Several new restaurants and small businesses had popped up in a redeveloped downtown district. A community center, new fire station and remodeled police department had all opened.
But two rounds of rioting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and the November decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death, left the city facing considerable uncertainty.
Some expect 2015 to bring clarity and answers.