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Archive for the tag “economic mic development”

Do We Need A Great Downtown

Much ado has been made of the crime and mayhem in downtown St. Louis. Billions of dollars have been invested in various projects in the area with little to show for it. I rarely go downtown except to a Cardinals or Blues game and am not alone.

A common bromide is that we need a great downtown to have a great city. That may have been true in the days when most office workers worked downtown, and shopping at department stores was common and indeed a treat.

Today most people do not work downtown and often work at home. The cultural institutions in St. Louis are not located downtown, so why try to develop it. More resources need to be put into neighborhoods with growth incurring more organically. Written by Paul Dribin

Positive Commercial Real Estate Trends in St. Louis

The commercial real estate trend in St. Louis is positive. This is from information gathered from a report from the St. Louis Business Journal. Cortex is accounting for a significant share of the success. The only damper is that wages have not increased and I believe the growth has had almost no effect on the north side. Written by Paul Dribin

TIF Reform

Legislation is moving ahead at the state level to reform the TIF process in Missouri. An interesting coalition of progressive and conservative activists have joined to help move this legislation ahead. The legislation will reduce the number of years of a TIF and give school districts the right to comment and opt out. A good start indeed. Written by Paul Dribin

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