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Bartholomew’s best-laid plans for St. Louis go awry

(this article was originally published in 2008 for the East-West Gateway Council of Government newsletter. It followed an appearance at that year’s East-West Gateway annual meeting by Colin Gordon, author of “Mapping Decline.” For a more current take on racial segregation in the St. Louis metro area, read the recent Where We Stand update: http://blog.ewgateway.org/racial-disparity-segregation-persist-in-st-louis-6/.)

When Harland Bartholomew died in his home in Clayton in 1989, his obituary in the New York Times described him as “the dean of comprehensive planning in the United States.”

In Colin Gordon’s book, “Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City,” Bartholomew doesn’t get such a rave review. Gordon

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Racial disparity, segregation persist in St. Louis

Racial Disparities

Black residents of metropolitan St. Louis comprise 18.1 percent of the population yet 85.9 percent of the people living in concentrated poverty are black. Almost one third of black St. Louis residents fall under the federal threshold for poverty, compared to 8.4 percent of whites. The unemployment rate for black adults in St. Louis, 13.5 percent, is three times higher than that for whites. About twice as many whites have college degrees, 34.9 percent, than do blacks, 17.6 percent. Median household income for blacks in St. Louis is about half of what it is for whites. Just one out of 20 white households in the metro area does

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After 22 years on East-West Gateway Board, Slay exits

Francis Slay, mayor of the city of St. Louis, on Wednesday attended his last meeting as a board member of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, which is the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization.

Slay served on the board for 22 years, first as the city’s aldermanic president for six years, then as mayor of the city of St. Louis for 16 years. As holder of both elected offices, he was an ex officio member of the East-West Gateway Board, which includes the top elected officials of the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties in Illinois and Missouri.

“I have served a lot of boards over

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Greisheimer named chairman of East-West Gateway Board of Directors for 2017

John Griesheimer, the presiding commissioner of Franklin County, is the new chairman of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Board of Directors.

Griesheimer, 64, will be the chairman of the board for the remainder of 2017. The new vice chairman of the board is Mark Kern, chairman of the St. Clair County Board. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is the new second vice chairman.

Prior to being presiding commissioner in Franklin County, Greisheimer was a state senator from 2002 to 2012. He also served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1992 to 2002. He is a native of St. Clair, Mo., and lives in Washington, Mo.

The East-West

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Gov. Nixon signs TIF reform bill that was spurred by EWG study

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law Wednesday a bill that represented “sensible and long overdue reform” designed to limit the use of tax increment finance (TIF) incentives in Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties.

Nixon signed the legislation at the monthly meeting of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for St. Louis. Nixon credited EWG for its study in 2011 that documented that at least $5.8 billion in public money had been committed in TIFs and other forms of development districts. “The Assessment of the Effectiveness and Fiscal Impacts of the Use of Local Development Incentives in the St. Louis Region”

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