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Eltoreon Hawkins works on a house in the Walnut Park West neighborhood of St. Louis.
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Eltoreon Hawkins has made it his mission to help St. Louisans buy vacant, city-owned houses.

The 25-year-old contractor bought his first home from the city’s Land Reutilization Authority when he was a student at Harris-Stowe State University.

(January 30, 2019) Kevin McKinney (at left) and Richard Reilly discussed how community organizing has evolved in the St. Louis region over the past 40 years.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh explored how community organizing has evolved in the St. Louis region over the past 40 years.

Joining the discussion was Kevin McKinney, executive director of SLACO – the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations – which is anticipating its 23rd annual Regional Neighborhoods Conference set for this Saturday.

McKinney delved into the kind of effect community organizing can have on a community.

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The City of St. Louis plans to knock down nearly three times as many vacant buildings this fiscal year than it did the year before.

It's part of an effort pushed by Mayor Lyda Krewson to lower the number of vacant properties by dedicating more money to demolitions and using data to identify properties that most urgently need to come down.

St. Louis residents gather at a Neighborhoods United for Change event. The SLACO Sisterhoods Initiative is an extension of this program.
St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

A St. Louis nonprofit group is developing a program to bring neighbors from north and south St. Louis together.

The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations hopes to officially launch their Sisterhood Initiative next year. The program will pair neighborhoods north and south of Delmar Boulevard for year-long working partnerships in an effort to bridge the so-called “Delmar Divide.”

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The city of St. Louis has more than 25,000 vacant and abandoned properties, attracting crime and arson, lowering property values and reducing tax revenue for the city.

On Tuesday a coalition of neighborhood, city, and non-profit agencies announced the “Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative" at a press conference at Saint Louis University's School of Law.