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The St Louis Contrarian

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

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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

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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

St Louis and Older Industrial Cities

www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-04_brookings-metro_older-industrial-cities_full-report-berube_murray_-final-version_af4-18.pdf

A report from Brookings which analyzes overall strengths of older industrial cities, of which St. Louis is one. It actually gives St. Louis fairly high marks for its’ improvement and potential. Written by Paul Dribin

St. Louis county houing trust fund

www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/dismantling-the-divide-st-louis-county-needs-an-affordable-housing-trust-fund/

a very eloquent article by chris Krehmeyer leader of Beyond Houding on the need for a fund such as that provided by the city. It

IT would be an important step forward in the path to improved affordable housing

Written by Paul Dribin

Zoo Tax

The voters of St. Louis County will be asked to approve a sales tax increase to support increased operations of the St. Louis Zoo. They are talking of building a new facility in north county.

I am opposed to a sales tax which is regressive. An approach fo fundraising which makes sense is to charge admission to visitors who are not residents of St. Louis City or County, or allow these county to join the Museum District, and or allow residents of outlying counties to enter the zoo for free if they buy an annual membership. The system is fair by charging users of the service for the privilege of entry. Written by Paul Dribin

Segregation in St. Louis-Dismantling the Divide

A report entitled Segregation in St. Louis-Dismantling the Divide is an outstanding document that carefully, accurately, and fairly analyzes the history of housing segregation in St. Louis. The report was prepared by a group of organizations and scholars led by the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Economic Opportunity Council. It should be required reading for everyone and hopefully will be a blueprint for action. The website for the report is forthesakeofall.org. Written by Paul Dribin

A Decline in Ticketing Fines

The St. Louis Post Dispatch published an interesting article last weekend about the decline in ticketing in all communities in the St. Louis region. Police departments are taking the position that they have better things to do with their time than ticket drivers. Revenue from tickets has declined significantly. This is mostly good, makes sense, and most important unburdens low income people and many people of color of being thrown in jail for minor offenses.

The question that puzzles me is how do we deal with people who violate the law if there are not fines. People who drive without insurance, or with cars that are unsafe can hurt other people. I do not have a solution. Written by Paul Dribin

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

This organization led by Sheila Sweeney has done some corrupt things. Sweeney who came over from the St. Louis County Port Authority has been in the middle of most of the crooked deals of the Stenger administration. These include attempting to develop a part of Creve Coeur Park for the Blues training facility and then lying about it, entering into a corrupt no bid contract with Montelle Williams to promote the county. This contract has now exceeded its’ budget by 30% and no one knows why. The Port Authority which has a close relationship with Sweeney is now providing the funding for the Blues facility in Maryland Heights. I know of no public discussion about this issue. Why is no one investigating? Written by Paul Dribin

Metrolink Again

The light rail system in St. Louis, Metrolink is just too easy of a target. Ridership on the system is down and crime is up. The Post Dispatch reported on its editorial page that there is still not a common approach to policing the trains, and that the police of the 3 entities responsible for policing cannot communicate with each other by radio. Metro which runs the trains and the St. Louis County police point the finger at each other for the problems. All of this and Metro wants to expand the system. Go figure. 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

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