With a Whimper

24 03 2016

Old North

A small market and a quickie mart. Wow.

McKee “hopes” more development will follow, but that’s all he’ll ever do.

Because the topic of the day is grandiose pie-in-the-sky development proposals for St. Louis City that never come to be, that take forever just for something underpowered and disappointingly dinky to get done, and then that’s that for that.  See also:  Ballpark Village.

McKee is bitching about all the political and legal hoops that have precluded all his pie-in-the-sky plans.  No, Paul, your bigger problem is demographics.


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24 03 2016
Cranmer

The only way his plan gets off the ground is getting his hands on every square block from I-70 south to Delmar and the from the river west to Skinker/Keinlen. You have to aquire the entire area, empty it out and then fix/rehab every building worth saving and then infill every lot. That can only be done by someone with very deep pockets. His problem is that he got caught buying all that land before he was done. (See Disney buying up Orlando). In hindsight, if he had just mowed the grass at the derelict properties, he wouldn’t have gotten caught so soon.

Off topic, but I saw an article a couple of months ago on a non profit buying an old movie theater and fixing it up so the yoots would have a close theater to go to and provide jobs. (Besides being a food desert, North City/County is also a Cinema desert) what caught my attention was that Wherenberg provided money, equipment and training. My first thought was why would they help establish a competitor, good press? Then it dawned on me. I’m surprised they don’t set up more of these things to keep the undertow close to their homes. I wouldn’t be surprised if AMC jumped on the bandwagon and just put a couple of decoy theaters up there.

24 03 2016
countenance

McKee’s other big problem is that he hasn’t figured out what I have, that in the City of St. Louis, gentrification has happened almost entirely in neighborhoods that never fell to the black undertow. In cities with big marquee industries, there is a lot of economic incentive to chase the blacks out of the cities to create gentrification opportunities. But, St. Louis doesn’t have a big marquee industry.

24 03 2016
Cranmer

Do you think he honestly looked at north city and said ‘I can rehab this whole area and it will work just like wing haven’? Or did he have an idea of tearing everything down and building warehouses and offices. Maybe it started as a fun project that got out of control. He can’t have been as stupid as the people who built the mills mall can he? Those people were from out of town and probably didn’t know how St. Louis works.
In the comments section of the post story, everyone is railing about him being a fraud and robbing the city through tax credits. Correct me if I’m wrong, but they don’t kick in until you actually start paying taxes. Were those properties actually contributing taxes?
A last thought, maybe Tony Messenger can write a story about the tax imbalance of north city vs south city/CWE. Maybe instead of better together, he could champion better apart and argue for north city to break off from city. Hey, a ‘county’ with two cities instead of one! Crime stats would go down by 75%!

24 03 2016
countenance

McKee strikes me as sort of a rich guy slash do-gooder.

Tax credits don’t kick in until the taxes for which the credits are being given would come due. In McKee’s case, the tax credits will start kicking in on his store and quickie mart.

24 03 2016
Cranmer

So he hasn’t ‘robbed’ any one of taxes. He just hasn’t built/rehabbed buildings he promised to. Buildings that would have been vacant ( or on the way to being vacant) anyway. Except now an evil developer can be blamed.




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