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Detailed Report Highlights Inequalities in St. Louis Housing, Development

April 26, 2018 - 7:43 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis still has a lot of work to do to close the racial divide when it comes to affordable housing and urban development.

That's among the findings in a 115 page report put together over the past two years by numerous local agencies and released by the group "For the Sake of All".

Washington University associate professor Dr. Jason Purnell says there are ways to address what have become institutional problems in St. Louis.

“Having an affordable housing trust fund that’s fully funded in the city of St. Louis and establishing one in St. Louis County, developing what’s called the green-lining fund,” he says.  

The report underscores Purnell calls a long history of policies that supported racial segregation, with their influence continuing into the modern day

“Access to physicians is really concentrated along a central corridor that extends from the the city where there are number of hospitals in the central west end, and really only follows a path adjacent to highway 40,” he says.

He says other recommendations include tax increment financing reform, creation of a community investment fund, and better protections for renters such as eviction prevention.

The full report can be found at