The St Louis Contrarian

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

Controversy About New Housing in Wellston

A nonprofit African American developer is attempting to build a new subdivision of for sale houses in Wellston at affordable prices and guarantee a reasonable rate of return for the homeowner. This seems great, except that small minded people in Wellston are opposed to it due to fears of gentrification and not being involved in the process. The homes will sit on land owned by a land trust. This resistance is the epitome of why things never get done in our region. I would welcome with open arms such a development but residents complain about gentrification in a community that has suffered significant disinvestment. I don’t get it. Written by Paul Dribin


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