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The St Louis Contrarian

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

Segregation Levels in St. Louis Remain High, Study Finds | News Blog

Of the 50 largest metros in the United States, St. Louis has the sixth highest rate of minority residential segregation, a new report has found….
— Read on www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/05/25/segregation-levels-in-st-louis-remain-high-study-finds

St. Louis still has high levels of housing segregation

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TIF In University City

NOVUS Development had been approved by University City to develop a mixed use commercial site at the intersection of Olive and I-170. This is an ethnically diverse area with lots of small businesses and minority residences. Community leaders are calling for a Community Benefits Agreement which would establish clear objectives to benefit everyone in the community especially those that might be displaced by the development. I believe this is only fair and proper in such a situation. I am confident this development will be a win-win. Written by Paul Dribin

Opportunity zones

shelterforce.org/2018/05/16/the-possibilities-of-opportunity-zones/

a good article from Shelterforce. These zones have the opportunity to get significant capital investment in low income areas. The question raised is if the residents in those communities will benefit.

Missouri River Bluffs

Whittaker Development is planning on building single family homes on an environmentally sensitive site over looking the Missouri River near the Katy Trail. The St. Charles County Commissioners need to vote on the proposal which is opposed by environmental groups. I would recommend voting against this project. We don’t often have these environmentally beautiful sites and need to preserve them. Written by Paul Dribin

More McKee Stuff

www.stltoday.com/business/local/after-mckee-revelations-can-city-hall-and-the-developer-work/article_3de8a615-bd0d-5a01-a5a2-29dfca791a27.html

A good article from Post about latest in McKee developments in north St. Louis. It sure appears his empire is a house of cards ready to fall.

The Syrian Refugees Escaped War, Only to Land in One of St. Louis’ Toughest Neighborhoods | Feature | St. Louis News and Events | Riverfront Times

At the dinner to benefit Syrian refugees, there aren’t enough seats for the Syrians. The room at the Boo Cat Club is packed, and Jessica…
— Read on www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/syrian-refugees-escaped-war-only-to-land-in-one-of-st-louis-toughest-neighborhoods/Content

A decent article. Syrian refugees left horrific conditions and were relocated here in St. Louis in a neighborhood which is also horrific, unsafe, bad housing. Written by Paul Dribin

Why the Seattle ‘head tax’ is relevant to the nation – The Washington Post

When big companies such as Amazon locate in your city, they generate benefits and costs. Cutting taxes to win their favor makes it impossible to meet the costs they engender.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/05/16/why-the-seattle-head-tax-is-relevant-to-the-nation/

Privatization of Lambert Airport Revisited

My earlier post indicated I was very skeptical of this whole endeavor. My doubts are confirmed by the fact that the Board of Estimate and Review for the city cannot reach agreement on hiring a consultant for moving ahead. Certainly privatization would generate a boatload of money for the city initially, but is it in our long term best interest? Will customer service be negatively affected? Written by Paul Dribin

Six Things That “One Hundred” Tells Us – NextSTL

Six Things That “One Hundred” Tells Us – NextSTL
— Read on nextstl.com/2018/05/six-things-that-one-hundred-tells-us/

A good and thorough article in Next Stl about the lavish 100 building going up on the east side of Forest Park.

Greitens and Kim Gardner

Most of you must now know that Kim Gardner the Circuit Attorney in St. Louis has dropped the charges against Governor Greitens. Anyone following the case knew the charges were flimsy and may fall into the category of Prosecutorial Misconduct.

I don’t know Gardner’s head, but it seemed she wanted to make a big political name for herself by prosecuting the governor. She was clearly in over her head. Ironically, this may give Greitens impetus to gather new popularity and resist impeachment.

More important, I am concerned about how this bodes for the criminal justice system in St. Louis. Is this kind of misconduct common but hidden from the public? A large number of attorneys have left the employ of Ms. Gardner which indicates there is trouble in River City. Written by Paul Dribin

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