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

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Bell needs more money for diversion programs

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/changing-how-crimes-are-prosecuted-in-st-louis-county-will/article_1bd62241-df9a-5ed7-9ca9-e1283be20a91.html

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Another Ranking for St. Louis

In a recent poll, St. Louis finished 53 out of 61 cities in terms of racial and ethnic diversity. Not s surprise. Written by Paul Dribin

St. Louis Chosen for ‘Healthy Housing’ Initiative | Catholic Charities

St. Louis Chosen for ‘Healthy Housing’ Initiative | Catholic Charities
— Read on www.ccstl.org/st-louis-chosen-for-healthy-housing-initiative/

This is great news. I helped st Patricks get started with hospital-homelessness initiative

Housing Idea 4-Be Careful of Academics

I have a personal tendency to like academics and their approach to the world. Still as a practitioner of housing, I have found them to be of little benefit.

It is difficult to think of any academic idea that has substantially furthered the cause of affordable housing. Inclusionary zoning is an example of a popular academic idea. It is the policy that every housing complex that is developed needs to set aside a certain percentage of units for affordable housing. After years of talk, very few communities have initiated such policies because there is not the political will to do so. (Academics usually do not pay attention to politics). Similarly, I hear talk from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University about “organic” urban development. What does that mean? We will all long be dead and gone before we see any organic growth on the north side of St. Louis.

Hopefully you get the picture. Pay attention to people who have actually built housing, not academics. Written by Paul Dribin

Major Error Over TIF in University City

www.stltoday.com/business/local/after-bad-mistake-in-calculations-it-s-back-to-negotiating/article_8ce2d69d-9b15-5e56-8a07-db2987a359a4.html

this is a major screwup. Consultant should be tarred and feathered

More on Better Together

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/better-together-withdraws-its-petition-to-merge-st-louis-city/article_a45d682e-b3ba-525f-af6e-44481809dac4.html

County Executive Stenger Needs to Attend Council Meetings

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-a-tiny-word-shall-stands-between-order-and-chaos/article_1a021dec-30c7-5384-8061-13a0198d8b26.html

Ideas About Housing

Ideas About Housing

1. Housing alone will not solve the problems of poverty. It is a necessary but not sufficient situation. In my long tenure of affordable housing, I have rarely seen people who are decently housed turn their life around. Usually there are other significant issues facing their lives, unemployment, drugs, family disjunction, bad boyfriends, wasteful spending etc. That is why supportive services are necessary. Even a better solution would be to provide low income people cash transfers rather than services.

Be Cautious About City County. Merger

www.stltoday.com/business/columns/david-nicklaus/city-county-merger-would-be-an-economic-positive-but-not/article_b23a6248-acaf-562d-848b-6576c1d4d24b.html

good article as always by David Nicklaus. I believe anything in this direction is good

Like to offer only scooters in St. Louis

www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/along-for-the-ride/lime-yanking-remaining-pedal-only-bikes-from-st-louis-sticking/article_bd1acfd0-b69c-59a5-9736-de7695452dad.html

the scooters can be dangerous to everyone but seem to be a good thing in promoting v

Community.

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