by Michael R. Allen
I have a column in today’s St. Louis American: “Holding McKee to his preservation promises”.
After last night’s TIF Commission vote to recommend approval of tax increment financing for the first two phases of the NorthSide, we’re moving on to legislation at the Board of Aldermen. Last night provided a show of the discontent that remains, as well as the uncertainty of financing a project as vast as NorthSide. I would say those with serious ideas for the redevelopment ordinances ahead have a great chance at being heard and making change. These are not just ordinances for Paul J. McKee, Jr. — these are ordinances for citizens of the north side, the affected neighborhoods, and for our entire city. They must reflect all of the associated aspirations for transformation.