Some of the first apartments I lived in when I moved away from home were in the
I would end up losing three apartments to them before I gave up and moved back to the Soulard neighborhood.
The last one they forced us out of was owned by an old woman named Effie. She told us Effie meant grandma in Polish. She and her late husband had moved from
Effie owned two 4 family flats. She loved visiting everyone. She putzed around like she was working on the place, but it was really only an excuse to see what everyone was up to.
Effie came to us in tears with news that Barnes was taking her buildings. There was nothing she could do about it. They found her a little bungalow on the south side, but she still didn’t want to sell.
Effie’s son fought it out in court for her, but Barnes had too much money and power. Effie died in that little bungalow a year later.
There is a legal battle in
The city's Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 in July to uphold the city's denial of a permit allowing a 369-square-foot painted sign on the south side of the building. The sign is visible from Interstates 44 and 55 and
Roos and the Missouri Eminent Domain Abuse Coalition decided to appeal. The issue is now in federal court.
Roos says the mural is on the building to protest the potential that it and other property between
While the city sent out letters in May saying it is no longer interested in the property, it didn't remove the blighting designation that allows the city to take it if it wanted.
Apparently the sign could stay if it depicted an American flag, said something about Jesus, or could be considered art.
This is turning into a big problem for the city because if they deny Roos’ right to display the sign based on content, it’s a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Personally, I think the city just can’t stand anyone getting such a great advertising space for free.