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The tech boom in St. Louis, Mo: Who is being displaced by the new National Geopspatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, Mo?

Authors: Alyssa Hoog*, SIUE
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Urban geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
Presentation File: Download

St. Louis, Missouri is slowly becoming a hub for technology-based organizations and companies. While this tech boom is an exciting change for the city, many residents are being forced to relocate to make room for these new companies. This study analyzes a historically depressed and segregated area of North St. Louis City that is being transformed into an innovation district, highlighted by the new NGA West headquarters. Studying 2012-2017 ACS U.S. Census Data at the block group level, the dynamics of the population makeup becomes apparent. Black residents are more predominant in the northwestern area, while white residents are more predominant in the south, the central/eastern areas are a blend of both racial profiles. Economically, there were no apparent visual spatial distribution trends, however, the four lowest income brackets did have the highest level of block group participation, indicating that a majority of the study site population earns $25,000/year or less. This poster represents the beginning of my research into this topic. I am interested in the current demographic makeup of the area, and the future implications that this mass development could have on the area at large.

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