When Barbara Manzara decided two years ago to buy an abandoned building in north St. Louis, the property was completely off the grid. "No utilities whatsoever," she says, "not even gas service into the house anymore, [and] no sewer service." Her lateral sewer line, which had collapsed, crossed a neighboring vacant lot. In order to secure financing on the house, the problem needed to be fixed and permission to do so had to be granted by... More >>>
Michael Allen: "If there's no communication, it just fuels all sorts of rumors and fears."