St. Louis to crack down on slumlords

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the city's other top politicians and law enforcers are cracking down on slumlords and public-nuisance crimes.

Slay on Tuesday announced plans for his Neighborhood Life Initiative, vowing to crack down on nuisance crimes and problem properties.

The plan calls for creation of a "Dirty Dozen" list of known slumlords that will be pursued by police and prosecutors. It also calls for changes in the structure of municipal courts to speed cases through, additional police on patrol, and occasional towing sweeps to eliminate derelict cars.

Slay said one of his top priorities is ensuring that St. Louis has strong, safe and healthy neighborhoods.

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