December 31: Links of the Day

Real estate links

- National columnist Ken Harney has an in-depth look at incoming director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Mel Watt's priorities heading into 2014.

- Another good read from InmanNews: Teke Wiggin on the role of technology in real estate in 2013 and beyond.

- Washington Post opinion writer Robert J. Samuelson lists four reasons for optimism going into 2014. And one of the reasons he cites is a continued housing recovery.  

St. Louis links

- The Ladue jewelry store Melanie's has been in business for nearly three decades, but is planning on shutting its doors this spring.

- The flu bug is going around St. Louis with reported cases doubling over the last week.

- From the Riverfront Tmes, five New Year's resolutions for St. Louis.

For your entertainment

- There were plenty of great moments in St. Louis during 2013. The Post-Dispatch takes a look back on the year that was in this photo gallery.  

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