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Susan Smith-Harmon

Susan Smith-Harmon

Homeownership slips in STL area, but still high

Thursday, 14 November 2013 02:40 Published in Local News

   Homeownership in the St. Louis area remains among the highest in the nation, despite a recent decline.  

   Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows a homeownership rate of just over 70 percent from 2010 through 2012.  That's down almost two-percent from the prior three-year period.  But the current statistics put St. Louis second behind Minneapolis in the nation's 50 largest metro areas.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the numbers vary widely across the region, with more than 80 percent of homes in Jefferson and St. Charles counties being owner-occupied, compared with less than 45 percent in City of St. Louis. 

   Parents, local politicians and other are demanding to know why the Ferguson-Florissant School Board placed Superintendent Art McCoy on administrative leave.  

   About 1,500 gathered Wednesday night at McCluer North High School to demand answers from their school board.  Dozens spoke at the board meeting for more than three hours.  Some hurled allegations of racial motivations at the all white board.  McCoy is black.  

   Board President Paul Morris denies race was a factor.  He told the crowd that the issues revolved around McCoy's failure to comply with board directives.  Morris also told the crowd that he couldn't say more because privacy rules prevent him from being more specific in a personnel matter.  

   "This would be a whole lot easier if I could say what's going on," Morris told Fox 2 News, "but I can't."

   One parent told the board he planned to file a "Sunshine Law request" Thursday morning. 

   The board took no actions regarding McCoy's status at last night's meeting, but a decision on the superintendent's future is likely in the the next week or so.

 

   It looks like some of the projects planned as part of the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds won't be finished in time for the Arch's 50th anniversary.  A construction timeline released Tuesday estimates that some of the work won't be done until six months later.  

   Project leaders tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the delays stem from the complexity of the renovations and the number of projects involved.  

   The good news is that most of the work is projected to be done by the October 28, 2015 anniversary, including the park over the interstate.  But the northern trails to the riverfront won't be finished until December 2015, and the museum won't reopen until May, 2016. 

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