St. Louis's 28 wards are very diverse, and each presents unique features and challenges. While learning QGIS, I came upon the the city's Strategic Land Use Plan, and decided to do a little analysis of the differences in each ward's land use. The result is the below graph, which shows the percentage of land in each ward that is dedicated to each Land Plan Use designation.
There's plenty of interesting information we can draw from this graph. We can see, for example, that the 20th Ward is one of the most residential wards in St. Louis. The neighboring 9th Ward, though, has a significant chunk of industrial land (due to the strip between the river and I-55 it contains). Or the 17th and 19th Wards, which have only relatively small residential areas, but cover large institutional areas (WashU's Medical Campus and St. Louis University, respectively).
There's probably not a lot of practical choices that we can make based off of this chart alone (it does not take into account population, density, distance from highways, location, quality of city services, etc.), but it is a reminder that not all wards will have the same needs.