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A super-secret spy agency is moving to north St. Louis. Officials say it's a big win, but at what cost?

A super-secret spy agency is moving to north St. Louis. Officials say it's a big win, but at what cost?

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The relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to north St. Louis has been heralded as a big win for the region.

An aerial view of the NGA, which plans to move from its current facility in south St. Louis to a new one in north St. Louis. COURTESY OF NGA

An aerial view of the NGA, which plans to move from its current facility in south St. Louis to a new one in north St. Louis. COURTESY OF NGA

 But it also meant relocating some 200 residents.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman has been covering the NGA relocation for months. 

As we resume the second season of We Live Here, Maria joins co-hosts Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd to take a closer look at what is being lost in the name of progress. 

WHAT YOU'LL HEAR

Protesters Gustavo Rendon (background) and Derek Lainey (foreground) asked Congressmen Lacy Clay and Adam Schiff to answer questions following a bus tour of the proposed NGA site in north St. Louis. MARIA ALTMAN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Protesters Gustavo Rendon (background) and Derek Lainey (foreground) asked Congressmen Lacy Clay and Adam Schiff to answer questions following a bus tour of the proposed NGA site in north St. Louis. MARIA ALTMAN | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

  • The history of redevelopment efforts for St. Louis Place, the neighborhood identified to become the home for the new NGA
  • Stories of residents who live in the footprint, and who must leave to make way for the nearly $2-billion project
  • City and state officials' reasons for backing the project, which they say is key to reversing years of disinvestment
  • The context around large-scale community projects like this, which often require a sacrifice from the same group of people over and over
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Relive "I Live Here," our summer storytelling event

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