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Archive for the month “October, 2020”

Delmar Divide

I sat in on a webinar today that was led by Washington University that discussed a new project, the Delmar Divine. It is a mixed use project led by Maxine Clark that rehabs an old hospital space for the purpose of housing a large group of social service agencies, apartments, and retail. The Brown School of Social Work where nobody has ever built one unit of housing considers this to be a cool idea. I greatly admire Ms. Clark, but I wonder how this will change anything in St. Louis and help eliminate the Delmar divide, which is a racial barrier in the city. Once again, a lot of good talk and money for limited results. Written by Paul Dribin

Homeless People in Canada Given Money

A controlled experiment has shown what I have advocated, that giving poor people money is a better way to get them out of poverty than by enrolling them in programs. In this case, homeless people were given $7500 in Canadian dollars and told they could spend it how they wished. Most spent the money on housing and other necessities. Good job. Written by Paul Dribin

Federal Eviction Moratoriums Have Loopholes

A good article here from Washington Post. The federal law has loopholes as it probably should. For one thing someone should still be evicted for bad behavior, tearing up the unit etc. Second, a tenant who owed back rent prior to the order should still be allowed to be evicted. The Coronavirus issue did not cause the delinquency. I feel for both sides here, but landlords cannot pay bills if people do not pay rent. I think if challenged in court eviction moratoriums would be unconstitutional, constituting an illegal taking. Furthermore, the rent and interest continue to accrue. What happens when the moratorium is lifted? Written by Paul Dribin

Cori Bush Campaign Rhetoric

Ms. Bush, a local activist defeated Lacey Clay for the Congressional seat in Missouri’s first district which is almost totally Democratic. Ms. Bush will certainly win the general election and become the next congresswoman. I wish her well and hope her progressive views bring about needed change. She needs to tighten up her rhetoric. She made a comment calling for the defunding of the Defense Department. To most people defunding means entirely eliminating funding. That was not what she meant but the statement provides fuel to conservatives. Written by Paul Dribin

School Busing

No social policy has ever been more unpopular than school busing. Both whites and blacks hated it, costs were hugely expensive, and the results were spotty at best. All this to achieve an artificial goal of racial integration. What if the costs were put back into improving the neighborhood schools and encouraging voluntary integration. Just saying. Written by Paul Dribin

Cori Bush Missteps

Cori Bush is a black activist who will soon be the new congressman from St Louis. She has virtually no opposition in the general election. She is very much from the extreme left wing activist base of the party. She has recently called for a 10% defunding of the military. This will go nowhere, and energize the Trump base. I wish activists would put winning elections over ideological purity. Written by Paul Dribin

Beyond Housing/Golf Course

I was disappointed to see that Beyond Housing, a locally based community development organization is stepping outside their mission and buying a non performing golf course in Normandy. This Normandy County Club is now owned by the University of Missouri St. Louis. Beyond Housing is fundraising for this effort.

The idea is poor for servers reasons:

1. The economics of this golf club are poor. It would take millions to rehab it and membership has drastically fallen off.

2. Golf courses in general are not doing well due to covid and economic setbacks.

3. This is not the mission of Beyond Housing.

5. It will get in the way of other and more important fundraising opportunities.

I think the world of Chris Krehmeyer and his organization. They have done amazing work. In this case they have made a serious mistake. Written by Paul Dribin

Missouri 2nd Congressional District

This district represented by Republican Ann Wagner represents the western suburbs of St. Louis, formerly a heavily Republican area. Wagner is being challenged in the race by Jill Schupp, a Democratic former state representative and senator. Schupp has raised a lot of money and appears to be neck and neck with Wagner. The race really boils down to if suburban Republican women turn against Wagner in the same number they turned against Trump. Voter turnout is high. Stay tuned. Written by Paul Dribin

Trump underperforming in St. Louis suburbs

According to the Cook Political Report, President Trump is significantly underperforming in Missouri’s second congressional district compared to 2016. This is the district represented by Ann Wagner, Republican. Trump is running over 10 points behind his results in the 2016 election when he carried the district. This is great news for Wagner’s challenger, Jill Schupp. Written by Paul Dribin

Vote to Limit Sam Page

In the usual narrow minded manner, thousands of St. Louis County residents voted to limit the power of County Executive Sam Page to declare health emergencies. This has primarily resulted from parents who are upset their children were limited in their ability to participate in sports. To me, this is ludicrous and an example of why we cant successfully fight coronavirus. I have given Dr. Page major compliments for his strong stance against the coronavirus which has saved lives. He will veto the bill anyway so the whole effort is totally symbolic. Written by Paul Dribin

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