Lavern Charles Hester, a former St. Louis director with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for approving a mortgage refinancing for a development project. And yesterday, the 58-year-old Florissant man was sen ... More >>
In St. Louis County, elected officials and business owners have been fighting over a proposal to ban smoking inside most establishments -- even ones that were previously exempt. But across the river in Illinois, St. Clair County is successfully pushing forward with a different kind of smoking poli ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergSleuthing from attorneys Gustavo Arango (left) and Ken Schmitt led to a trio of real estate brokers' indictments. One of those brokers has now been sentenced to prison.Christian Joel Juan, one of a trio of real-estate brokers at the center of a housing scam targeting his fellow ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.5 million today to St. Louis not-for-profits that aid the homeless. Catholic Family Services for Fathers Plus will receive more than $1 million of the grant to be used for funding 29 permanent housing units for single men with mental ... More >>
Robert Douglas Hartmann pleaded guilty to bank and mail fraud charges stemming from his now defunct real-estate firm DHP Investments, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced today.Hartmann's DHP Investments was once involved in the rehab of hundreds of homes and buildings in the metro area -- part ... More >>
The candidates for alderman in north St. Louis' 21st Ward are getting in some last-minute jabs prior to next Tuesday's primary election. 21stward.orgAntonio FrenchLast week alderwoman Bennice Jones-King sent out an e-mail to local media drawing attention to challenger Antonio French. Jones-King note ... More >>
Where is Lisa Krempasky and why are so many people suing her?
University City bids a (mostly) fond farewell to its long-time city manager
Hispanic immigrants cry foul over an alleged St. Louis housing scam
There was nothing wrong with the Missouri Botanical Garden's downtrodden neighbor to the north that a bulldozer couldn't fix
Wealthy investors spend millions to resurrect the neighborhood near Bellefontaine Cemetery. They discover that money can't do everything.
She thought she lived in a secure place. What she didn't know was that her landlord, desperate for tenants, would invite terror inside.
A tour of the city with the Landmarks Association's Carolyn Toft presents views of what is and what could be
African-American anger at the Democrats gives Jim Talent an opening
In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's
Public housing is going upscale, and it's the new "mixed-income" mantra that's doing the trick. At Darst-Webbe, "upscale" won't house everyone who's poor, but it'll sure make poverty invisible.
The disabled residents of the Boulevard Apartments don't know why they're being asked to move or where they might end up. And HUD and Paraquad aren't saying much.
They have run away from home or been kicked out, and there are about 5,500 of them in the St. Louis area. They're homeless teens -- too old for foster care, too young to live on their own.
Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses
A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel
The McKinley Bridge is broke structurally and financially and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.
Neighbors want to buy and fix it. A building inspector recommends saving it. And yet the Housing Authority insists on tearing down 5950 Enright. The story of a house -- and a city's demolition craze.
Ten years ago, Grand Center Inc. set out to create the region's "premier arts, entertainment and education district." They fixed the sidewalks and brought in the lights. It's a nice place to visit, but nobody stays.
The developers of the proposed downtown convention-hotel complex are asking for $116 million in public funding, but they refuse to guarantee that the jobs they create won't be mimimum-wage