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The St Louis Contrarian

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

Archive for the category “community building”

Urban Parks

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A good New York Times article about a new urban park in Tulsa funded by a billionaire. Can parks bring urban peace and development?

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Can Affordable Housing Development Lead to Gentrification

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An interesting article from the Times. A New York City neighborhood builds more mixed income housing in an effort to increase affordable housing. Some neighborhood residents complain they will be pushed out. There do not seem to be any good answers. Written by Paul Dribin

The Disparity in the Results of Economic Growth

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An excellent article about the subject in the New York Times.

A Good Article Defending McKee

A good article from River City Ramblings with which I agree. https://stlpolitical.blog/2018/06/26/why-paul-mckee-has-unfairly-become-a-scapegoat-for-the-city-of-st-louis

Olive U City Development

www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/06/28/commentary-taxpayer-largesse-unnecessary-wasteful.html

A good editorial that appeared in the St. Louis Business Journal opposing a TIF for this project. Show Me Institute was author of article.

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.

Paul McKee

Those of you in the St. Louis area are well familiar with Mr. McKee, a long time developer who is attempting to transform the north side of St. Louis though massive development efforts. He owns hundreds of properties and has a bold vision for development. Many community based folks have been suspicious of him.

It turns out these suspicions seem warranted. The St. Louis Business Journal reported that McKee had inflated sales prices of his properties to increase his receipt of state tax credits. This is of course fraud.

I am actually disappointed. I knew Paul fairly well at one time and considered him a true visionary whose heart was in the right place. With me he was always generous with his time and was always very accessible. I like to think I am a good judge of character, but in this case I was fooled. Written by Paul Dribin

Financing of St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is proposing an increased sales tax to help pay for zoo operations. Like other critics, I am opposed to this tax. Instead of a sales tax, an admission fee should be charged to all visitors who do not live in St. Louis City or County. For years city and county residents have supported the zoo and other cultural institutions with taxes. Folks from the surrounding counties pay nothing. People who live outside the city and county could avoid an admission charge by paying a membership fee. Fair is fair. Written by Paul Dribin

Brick City Project

The Desales Housing Development Corporation is taking the lead on a project called The Brick City Project. This effort entails the development of industrial space that various start up industrial developers can use to grow their businesses and bring jobs to St. Louis. This seems like a wonderful project once again led by the talented and dedicated Tom Pickel. Congratulations. Written by Paul Dribin

Brookings Institution Reports

I reviewed two Brookings reports today that should be of major interest to the St. Louis region and all communities.

First a report was issued entitled The Inheritance of Black Poverty. The report showed that African American men are severely impoverished and often hold their families back. Their absence in family life often causes more poverty for the wife.

The second report is titled How Life Outside of a School Affects Performance in School. Once again this article shows that children who are severely impoverished, or suffer from abuse, neglect, or lack of stable housing suffer in school. Their performance is often behind grade leading eventually to dropping out.

The answer I believe to both these problems is to provide an intense mentoring program to both the parents and children of impoverished families. These programs have been shown to work, there are just not enough of them. Written by Paul Dribin

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