Gloria Boyer 
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Re: “Racial Profiling Via

This was written by a group of people I met when I moved to the grove neighborhood in St. Louis. Check out the Facebook page Gentrification Alternatives, perhaps if we can all join up we can find ways to keep blacks and people with disabilities in neighborhoods.

From: Concerned Citizens of St Louis
Contacts: Dan Scott, Karen Buckley, Jackie Jackals, Don Devivo, Kim Jayne, and other constituents
(314 614 7576)

Gentrification is happening across the country but at what cost?

Concerns about Development Policies in the City of St. Louis

In the past, the use of eminent domain was the fear in many homeowners' minds when the word “development” was raised by their alderman. As campaigns against eminent domain abuse began to be more prevalent and some victories were achieved, citizens became more educated about this tool of development and often organized to prevent its abuse. Other tools of “development” (in our opinion, “underdevelopment”) are taking the place of eminent domain. These new tools are more insidious and the perpetrators are often not clearly identified; however, they are violations of non- discrimination and/or anti –harassment policies established by the United States Federal Government. According to Donald Love of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare:

Any situation in which law enforcement is not equal for all is not acceptable, even if it is done to supposedly improve a neighborhood. Gentrification might well be taken as a form of housing discrimination; HUD insists the jurisdictions that accept its funding have policies that prevent discrimination. Harassing individuals so that they are forced to leave a neighborhood is not acceptable.

New tools include:

• Nuisance Property Ordinance (new ordinance is extremely punitive and allows for the absconding of property)
• Building Code Violations
• Criminalizing people and behaviors and using the police to harass and profile
• Properties are being hoarded by various entities - left vacant for years forcing the decrease in resale values of surrounding properties

Perpetrators include:

• Local Elected Officials
• Quasi-governmental agencies like Park Central Development and other neighborhood development organizations (funded by public – CDBGs and private monies)
• City agencies: Neighborhood Stabilization Office, Prosecuting Attorney Office
• St. Louis City Police Department
• Citizens groups supported by Alderman, the Mayor and others (i.e. Neighborhood Ownership Model – which use Neighborhood orders of protection – a local ordinance, to remove people accused of crimes in particular neighborhoods while awaiting a trial)
• The Circuit Attorney’s Office
• Missouri 22nd Judicial Court

People in FPSE who are seen as “undesirable” or who own property coveted by developers are routinely harassed, intimidated, called into nuisance property hearings, offered low prices for their property, and even imprisoned.

The Dan Scott Saga is an example of how the City of St Louis uses these tools to divest individuals of their constitutional and civil rights (please see enclosed press and documents). Scott owns property in Forest Park SE, which is located in the central corridor and immediately south of Cortex, a very desirable area to both developers and organizations.

People who have spoken out against Alderman Roddy, Washington University, Park Central Development Corporation and other agencies have experienced retaliatory acts such as: building code violations, police harassment, and even imprisonment. The tools mentioned are not exclusive to the Forest Park SE neighborhood or Mr. Scott’s case. This is a widespread issue.

Our group of concerned citizens is requesting a review of these practices being used by the City of St Louis as they clearly violate constitutional, civil, and property rights. This country was founded by men who wished to be free of an oppressive government. When our government refuses to regulate themselves and becomes abusive, disregarding the Constitution and the rights of its citizens, the principles of freedom are no longer being protected.


Posted by Gloria Boyer on 10/08/2015 at 9:13 AM

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