"The number of municipalities, the balkanization of the county, just makes the situation worse," says Forlaw. "Local municipalities are competing with one another to capture sales-tax dollars. There's no question about that."
For the foreseeable future, unless TIF obstructionists want to try a Tiananmen Square action by going one-on-one with a bulldozer, they'll have to grab a petition and start knocking on doors. Harass your local councilperson or mayor, but don't look for help from Clayton or Jefferson City.