As St. Louis begins to recover from the population exodus through the last half of the 20th Century — encouraging people to return to the community their families once called home while ensuring existing residents feel safe and comfortable in the communities they were born and raised in, is a priority. I envision the housing stock of our community and the Natural Bridge Corridor returning to its former glory, adding further value to our community and revitalizing the 85th district.
More accountability for owners of dilapidated and vacant homes
– Currently, it’s far too easy for people to own properties without being held accountable for their upkeep. By closing tax loopholes, we can ensure that negligent property owners are not profiting from their lack of accountability.
It is necessary to ensure every property has up-to-date contact information on its current owners. It is impossible to hold property owners accountable for dilapidated properties when the local government cannot reach them. It should be mandatory for owners to provide up-to-date contact information so the 85th District can begin to revitalize our communities, one neighborhood at a time.
Revitalizing the Natural Bridge Corridor
– Because Natural Bridge is a state road, we must hold the state of Missouri accountable for its repair and continued upkeep. There are far too many potholes and its sidewalks, especially near Kienlen, are in severe disrepair and are often not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. By rebuilding and refurbishing this main thoroughfare, we can encourage more businesses to move into the district, furthering diversifying and growing our local economy.