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The St Louis Contrarian

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

A Plan for Vacant Units in St. Louis

Since moving to St. Louis almost 22 years ago, I have been taken with the number of vacant buildings in the city and the seeming resistance to doing anything about them. Now St. Louis is embroiled in a legal battle to do something about them. In a recent election Proposition NS received 57% of the votes in the city. The Board of Elections ruled that the measure had failed because 67% of the vote is required for a proposal such as this. The city has a lawsuit going over the issue, contending that the state law only requires a 50% majority and that law should prevail. I wish the city luck in this endeavor. In the past on other issues such as minimum wage they have argued that home rule prevails. We shall see. Written by Paul Dribin

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