Neighborhood Triage: Inequalities in Development Spending in St. Louis
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Strand Union Building, 168 - view map
As St. Louis first implemented Community Development Block Grants, they adopted new priorities in the use of federal funds for private middleclass developments. Following the guidelines of the Neighborhood Strategy Areas, St. Louis's applied a "triage" approach, which prioritized "savable" neighborhoods over areas considered too far-gone to recover. These policies faced resistance from community members who argued the city did not follow requirements that the federal funds be used in low-income areas. This paper will argue that St. Louis' use of block grants increased racial inequities by shifting federal funds from the poorest African American areas to gentrifying white neighborhoods.