As detailed in the Post-Dispatch’s “Tipping Point” series, St. Louis has a serious vacant property challenge that cries out for serious action. Like other metropolitan areas (including Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Cleveland and Kansas City), we must face the consequences of decades of suburban expansion, population loss, detrimental public policies, predatory investors, regional dynamics that have contributed to an overbuilt housing market and a hollowed-out urban core, and disinvestment. These consequences will not be reversed quickly, easily or without considerable financial resources.