Commentary :: Housing and Development

Phantom of the Hood

Who are Blairmont Associates — and why are so many north St. Louis residents mad at them?

When Barbara Manzara decided two years ago to buy an abandoned building in north St. Louis, the property was completely off the grid. "No utilities whatsoever," she says, "not even gas service into the house anymore, [and] no sewer service." Her lateral sewer line, which had collapsed, crossed a neighboring vacant lot. In order to secure financing on the house, the problem needed to be fixed — and permission to do so had to be granted by the property owner.

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Source: "Glances at History" (suppressed)

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