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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

NPR Covers St. Louis Brick Rustling

KWMU's Matt Sepic is back with another built environment story, this time for NPR's national "Marketplace" program. "Brick rustling on the rise in St. Louis" provides an overview of the problem plaguing parts of the city where there is more masonry than money -- but brick yards offer a tempting conversion rate. The story features interviews with salvage specialist Larry Giles, brick dealer Bud Boldt and myself.


Samuel said...
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Jeff said...

I heard this segment on NPR this morning-- great sound bites, Michael. If there's such a strong demand for our historic bricks, why not re-use them on new developments here? Why are we shipping them off to Phoenix and Charlotte when we have a vinyl siding infestation in our own back yard?

Samuel said...

I love the quote at the end of the story, low priority for police. I find it hard to believe the police even care. Jeff, simple reason in Phoenix those bricks go for $1.50 a pop at Home Depot and Lowes. They even advertise that it's St Louis brick.