Develop with Dignity was started in 2008 with the rise of development in North St. Louis. It began with the gathering of churches, under the idea that churches in North St. Louis provided natural places for communities to gather. The movements' goal is to provide a framework for the ethical development of our neighborhoods; while we welcome all efforts to revitalize a once prosperous area, it must be respected that lives and homes have been built here for generations. All development must take this into consideration, and we ask especially that developers adhere to 4 specific principles:


1.  Engage area residents and their elected officials in formulating a redevelopment plan

2.  No use of eminent domain on owner occupied property

3.  Maintain current properties so they do not become a nuisance or a danger to the community

4.  Every consideration must be given to developing diverse communities