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Restricted Access Paper

Publication Date

Winter 12-4-2015


As we drove down North Florissant, Professor Hansman told us to look out the window. “What do you see?” he asked. No one had words. For many of us, it was the first time seeing city blocks that are entirely vacant. The spaces that were occupied were often piles of bricks with a lone wall standing—a solemn reminder of a once thriving neighborhood. Understanding vacancies function in St. Louis is a prerequisite for successful urban redevelopment. Through an analysis of vacant properties in St. Louis City, University City and Clayton, we will work to answer the questions: What is the climate of vacancies in the three municipalities? What are the discrepancies between areas experiencing vacancy? Why do these discrepancies exist? These investigations will lead to an exploration of how vacancies affect communities, focusing on measurable impacts and possible solutions.

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