Building on a Promise: Redeveloping North St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio news examined developer Paul McKee's plan to rebuild more than two square miles of north St. Louis near downtown.

McKee wants to build 10,000 new homes there, along with parks, schools churches and three major employment centers.

McKee says his $8 billion, 23-year proposal will not only revitalize downtrodden neighborhoods, but boost St. Louis' place on the world stage by attracting international trade.

McKee's vision covers a huge swath of North St. Louis and would affect the lives of many residents and business owners. And he's also asking for an unprecedented amount of public money, including city, state, and federal tax dollars. The project's success or failure would have lasting effects for not just north St. Louis, but the entire region.

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