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The St Louis Contrarian

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

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Closing streets makes neighborhoods less safe

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/to-make-st-louis-safer-hundreds-of-streets-were-closed/article_8b3b3042-db3c-59e5-919f-515aa6a0fe7e.html

this is totally obvious. Closing streets helps criminals

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New St. Louis urban homesteading program

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-launches-a-new-homesteading-program-offering-homes-for/article_66f7dd73-6272-52e3-8c9b-32e4caa9303a.html

this is a great idea and needs to be expanded. Why wait for property to be in LRA inventory for five years?

Better together will save money

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/better-together-says-st-louis-consolidation-could-save-million-first/article_99a44d36-e657-53c9-b571-afe7cac410cf.html

Body mid rise housing

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I’ve ordered about this. These units are ugly

Compromise carved out on state Low Income housing Tax Credits

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/savings-from-missouri-s-tax-credit-shift-are-not-factoring/article_905f3b1e-5546-5b0f-a50c-bc9aa3b9548f.html

the program is corrupt but we need it

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

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

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