NorthSide Receives State’s Largest TIF
The Missouri Supreme Court enabled Saint Louis City to award a staggering $390 million TIF (Tax Increment Financing) package to NorthSide Regeneration (a.k.a. Paul McKee). This is not only the largest TIF in Saint Louis history — it is the largest TIF ever awarded in the state of Missouri.
Do you think that pumping hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to one developer is the key to successful North Side revitalization? I would love to be wrong on this, but can someone please give me evidence (economic, historic, etc.) where this type of huge subsidy to one developer working hand-in-hand with government planners has managed to successfully revitalize a community? Some say that McKee’s dream is worth a shot despite a high uncertainty that it will work; I obviously do not agree in this case. But who knows, maybe McKee will be to Saint Louis what Baron Haussmann was to the rebuilding of Paris.
If you are not familiar with the NorthSide project saga, I recommend reading this short article in St. Louis Magazine to get the Cliff’s Notes version.