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A Plan for Vacant Units in St. Louis

Since moving to St. Louis almost 22 years ago, I have been taken with the number of vacant buildings in the city and the seeming resistance to doing anything about them. Now St. Louis is embroiled in a legal battle to do something about them. In a recent election Proposition NS received 57% of the votes in the city. The Board of Elections ruled that the measure had failed because 67% of the vote is required for a proposal such as this. The city has a lawsuit going over the issue, contending that the state law only requires a 50% majority and that law should prevail. I wish the city luck in this endeavor. In the past on other issues such as minimum wage they have argued that home rule prevails. We shall see. Written by Paul Dribin

Scottrade Center Again

The proposed rehab of the building for the Blues is crazier than ever. It is now apparent to me at least that the City of St. Louis does own the building and presumably is responsible for the rehab to that building. Comptroller Darlene Green states that selling the bonds to pay for the rehab out of general funds will seriously hurt the city’s credit rating. Who is suggested to save the day, but Tishaura Jones, City Treasurer who sits on a big pot of money.

Politics of course enters into the equation. Ms. Jones ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Lydia Krewsen in the last election. She may be reluctant to bail Ms. Krewsen out. There also seems to be some question as to whether the Treasurer’s funds may be used for this purpose. Written by Paul Dribin

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