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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

To Tackle Housing Inequality, Try Upzoning – CityLab

Residential “upzoning” policies being adopted from Minneapolis to Seattle were once politically out of the question. Now they’re just politically fraught.
— Read on www.citylab.com/equity/2019/05/residential-zoning-affordable-housing-upzoning-real-estate/588310/

A good article on the pros and cons of upzoning

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The story behind tower tee being saved

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/the–month-performance-art-that-helped-save-tower-tee/article_32ac6d7c-dc79-5979-9c1e-a2aa95e56e3f.html

What’s Bad for your Wallet Might Be Bad for your Health: The Negative Health Consequences of Spending Too Much on Housing | How Housing Matters

What’s Bad for your Wallet Might Be Bad for your Health: The Negative Health Consequences of Spending Too Much on Housing | How Housing Matters
— Read on howhousingmatters.org/articles/whats-bad-wallet-might-bad-health-negative-health-consequences-spending-much-housing/

A good and sensible article. If people spend too much on housing they don’t have money to take care of health

Progressives Get in the Way of Affordable Housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/california-housing-nimby.html

A good article from NYT. It is my contention that all the special rules including historic preservation also get in the way of affordable housing.

Chicago combines libraries with affordable housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/arts/design/chicago-public-housing.html

seems like a great idea

A conservative critiquebofblow income housing tax credit program

www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/tsapelas-restarting-missouri-s-low-income-housing-tax-credit-program/article_769ad697-80e1-5abe-8039-c70bdea78f64.html

This article is accurate from an economic perspective. Unfortunately,there are no other resources to address the needs of low income people requiring housing. Written by Paul Dribin

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Brookings published a good article today in favor of eventually eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. This deduction is regressive and in fact does nothing to encourage homeownership. Housing advocacy groups have urged scaling back the deduction and using the savings to support affordable housing. Written by Paul Dribin

Teachers Can’t Afford Housing

An article in Forbes stated that in many parts of the country, teachers can’t afford to buy housing. This is no surprise to me and is consistent with what I have seen. We need to take measures to lessen the regulatory barriers to housing. Written by Paul Dribin

A thoughtful column on why the General Motors plant expansion In Wentzville is a good idea

www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/chulick-gm-and-gov-parson-want-to-keep-wentzville-plant/article_e405e5f7-7bc1-5a5a-b5c9-a910cc81018d.html

This is a no brained

Stenger involved in bribe scheme for development of Jamestown Mall

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/stenger-was-arranging-for-bribe-in-jamestown-mall-redevelopment/article_7b488a34-381f-5c54-82e8-f906fcbe6f6f.html

This fits in with what we have been reading. This is an effort to bribe a County Council member.

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