Urban Redevelopment. Arjun Patel, Emily Mitchell, Joe Gayton, Austin Ates, Brendan Koll, Megan Von Borstel. Urbanization and Decline. Starting in the 1940's up through today, white flight has moved thousands from the inner city mostly out into western suburbs.
Arjun Patel, Emily Mitchell, Joe Gayton, Austin Ates, Brendan Koll, Megan Von Borstel
Five specialized laws called for revitalization of St. Louis spanning from the 1940s up to today.
French & Spanish language immersion charter school.
Census Tracts used:
1173-Tiffany/Gate District/Botanical Heights
1186-Midtown/Central West End
1191-Central West End
17th Ward Statistics
Crime in the 17th Ward
Highest Level of Education Achieved
St. Louis University-Midtown
St. Louis Science Center-King’s Oak
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park-Cheltenham
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital-Midtown
Washington University Medical Center/Barnes-Jewish Hospital-Central West End
Cortex- Central West End
Bond and Loan Programs
While urban revitalization in many ways improves certain areas, there are consequences. With these improvements come higher property taxes which, in most cases, many of the pre-revitalization residents cannot afford. This leads to a migration of population, the poorer citizens are left to find new places to live.
In many ways, this is a legal issue. The legal system has many tools to protect poorer citizens from the rising taxes that come from gentrification.
We propose redefining the requirements to be eligible for circuit breakers. Instead of basing it off of age, this tax credit should be based off of income. The primary problem with gentrification is it drives people with low income out of where they have lived, therefore solutions should be concerned with income as well.
In addition, we support the use of a variety of incentives to motivate private sector investment and revitalization.