Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dope Poets Tourney Coming to UrbArts & ONSLRG Gallery Aug. 27-Aug. 29

Over 24 poets from throughout St. Louis will compete in this multi-day poetry slam tournament starting next Thursday in Old North St. Louis.

For more information, visit the UrbArts website,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Help Us Plan for Sustainable Development within the Context of Historic Old North St. Louis

As reported in the Old North Community News back in May, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Old North St. Louis for a new effort to help lay the groundwork for future development that respects the neighborhood’s historic character while also promoting environmental sustainability. EPA has contracted with a design team led by SWT to work with the City of St. Louis, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG), and other community stakeholders on this project.

Among EPA’s goals for the project: “to demonstrate how a neighborhood can protect, preserve, and rehabilitate its historic architecture while incorporating green features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors; improve the community’s environmental conditions; put public investment to its best and highest use; and help revitalize the neighborhood, spurring additional economic and social benefits.”

Now, we’re at the stage when Old North residents, businesses and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in the process. Next week there will be  be three separate events designed to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the community.

Tuesday, August 25: Full Day Public Charrette

….The charrette will bring together a diverse group of perspectives including experts in sustainable design, urban planning, economic development, architecture, and historic preservation with city officials and neighborhood residents and advocates. During the charrette, the design team and participants will explore a full range of strategies that will address the unique challenges of Old North and build upon the neighborhood’s historic character and recent development achievements.

Preliminary strategies and schematic designs will be presented to initiate dialogue on each of the project focus areas, potential interventions, and the overall neighborhood vision. The planners will facilitate focus group discussions on the following topics:

•             Economic Development

•             Perception, Brand/Identity

•             Housing /Historic Preservation (Vacant Properties, Land Use, Form-Based Code)

•             Transportation (Streets, Bike/Ped, Transit)

•             Environment & Energy (Hydrology, Air Quality, Renewable Energy)

Although the charrette is open to all, space is limited, so advance registration is required.  Register by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Public Open House

An Initial Public Open House will be held to initiate a community dialogue about the overall neighborhood vision and gather feedback about possible interventions.  Preliminary design concepts will be on display and d planners will be available to answer questions and to hear your ideas.  All are welcome and no registration is required.

Thursday, Aug. 27: 4:30-6:30 p.m. : Second Public Open House

A second Public Open House will be held on Thursday evening to enable interested residents and citizens to see how initial ideas have been modified to incorporate community feedback into design options for the project area.

All of the above events will take place at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street, STL, MO 63106.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TONIGHT: Join Us for the Old North National Night Out Celebration at 13th Street Community Garden

Spread the word:  All are welcome to join us for a community-wide National Night Out celebration at the 13th Street Community Garden, 2700-16 N. 13th Street (just north of Montgomery and just south of St. Louis Avenue).

We’ll be grilling hot dogs, roasting marshmallows, providing face-painting, music and games for all ages.  If you can, please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs, your musical instrument, a dessert or side dish to share, and beverages of your choice.

For more information, feel free to contact us at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by phone: 314-241-5031 or email,

To get you in the mood, we offer a few images from past years’ National Night Out celebrations:

See you this evening!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Old North in the Spotlight, Locally & Globally: “Experience St. Louis” Features Profile of ONSL; & German Marshall Fund Report Examines Old North’s Approach to Revitalization

Old North is in the news once again for all of the good things going on in the neighborhood…

Thank you to the City of St. Louis Communications Division for featuring the continuing revitalization of Old North in the July/August 2015 issue of Experience St. Louis, as written by Kathleen Dudley, the publication’s creator and editor.

Stop by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office or any of the other businesses along N. 14th Street in Old North to pick up your own copy of Experience St. Louis.


Meanwhile, to get a more global perspective on Old North, you can take a look at a recent report by French urban researcher, Celine Gipoulon, as published by the German Marshall Fund. This report was based on analysis of different approaches to urban revitalization in three Rust Belt cities, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, with Old North presented as a case study for community-driven initiatives.

Click HERE to view the article online or to download a PDF of the report.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Join us Fri., July 24 for our 2nd Members & Friends of ONSLRG Happy Hour

Back by popular demand - Old North St. Louis Restoration Group will be holding another Members & Friends Happy Hour on Friday, July 24th from 4-6 p.m. at our ONSLRG Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street. Whether or not you’re a current member or even if we don’t know you’re our friend yet, come on by to enjoy the company of others who’ve helped or are continuing to help ONSLRG revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.

If you missed last month’s gathering, we’ve got a few photos to show what you missed - and to give you an idea of what’s on tap for this Friday.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate Independence Day in Old North with Pot-Luck Picnic at North City Farmers’ Market

Please join us for this special holiday gathering at the Crown Square corner plaza (at St. Louis Avenue & N. 14th Street) in the heart of Old North, and, while you’re at it, take advantage of the opportunity to stock up on your fresh fruits and vegetables at North City Farmers’ Market. Bring your home-baked pie for the pie contest - and other summertime foods to share at our pot-luck picnic; enjoy the live music of Ms. Sha & the Young Brothers in Blues; play a game of chess at the Chess Pocket Park; and savor the company of the great people who call Old North home, along with many others who appreciate the dynamic, friendly, and diverse community in Old North.

All are welcome - so spread the word and bring the whole family!

And, if you’d like to use this occasion to put into practice the “ask not what your country can do for you— ask what you can do for your country” spirit of America, we’d be happy to help you out. Volunteer opportunities (EVERY week) at North City Farmers’ Market include set-up at 9 a.m., staffing vendor booths from 10-1 (or any portion within those hours), and take-down duties at 1 p.m. For more information on any of this, give Jessica Payne a call at 314-241-5031, ext. 102, or send her an email at - or find us at the information table at the market.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tues., June 30: Town Hall Meeting with State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery

On Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of the 5th Senatorial District, which includes all of Old North, will hold a meeting at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street.  All are welcome to attend.

As a not-for-profit organization, ONSLRG does not endorse or support political candidates who are up for election. We do encourage all residents of Old North to participate in the democratic process and to engage in conversation and civil exchange of ideas with their neighbors and all elected and other public officials who represent the community on the local, state, and federal level.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fri., June 26, 4-6 p.m.: ONSLRG’s Members & Friends Happy Hour

You’re invited to join us THIS Friday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m. for beer, soft drinks, and snacks as Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) hosts as a very simple, nothing formal gathering of members and friends at the ONSLRG Gallery. As noted above, this event doesn’t have an agenda - it’s just an opportunity to enjoy the company of the great mix of people who make ONSLRG possible and who have helped or are continuing to help us revitalize the physical & social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural & urban character. All are welcome, so whether you’ve made a membership contribution in 2015 or not, come on out to celebrate 34 years of achievements with us - and bring a friend. The ONSLRG Gallery is located at 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106, just down the street from Crown Candy Kitchen.

No RSVP or advance registration is required. However if you’d like to share your plans with your friends and ours, feel free to go to the event page on Facebook (by clicking HERE) and click on the “Join” button.  Then, you can invite everybody you know!

If you DO want to make a membership contribution, though, we certainly would be happy to accept that support, since that’s how we cover a good portion of the cost of doing what we do here.

Click HERE or above to go to our contributions and memberships page, where you can set up a recurring, online contribution to spread your support out all year, or where you can make a one-time membership contribution of any amount, from $25 to $500 or $5,000. THANK YOU to all who’ve already contributed this year!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Start to North City Farmers’ Market’s New Season…And Read Old North Community News Online

Thank you to all who attended opening day of North City Farmers’ Market last Saturday - and we especially want to thank all who made the day a great success.

To view a full set of photos from the day, please visit the North City Farmers’ Market Facebook page by clicking HERE.

We invite all residents and friends of Old North St. Louis and nearby neighborhoods to join us every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this weekly celebration of vibrant and healthy community life, in the heart of a one-of-a-kind historic neighborhood in the midst of an exciting revitalization.

Various components of this year’s farmers’ market are funded in part by Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.


>>>>>>>>>>>Old North Community News, June 2015 Edition<<<<<<<<<<<<

If you haven’t picked up your own hard copy of our latest neighborhood newspaper - or if you live in Old North and haven’t had a chance to read the copy delivered to your front door, click HERE to download a PDF or to read it online.

If you have reason to believe that your block might have been missed by our paper distribution volunteers, let us know (send an email to or call 314-241-5031) if you’d like to have us drop off a pile of papers for you to share with your neighbors on your block - or to volunteer to help us get the next issue out.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

3 Quick Things: (1) North City Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday; (2) ONSLRG Starts 35th Year Friday; & (3) Our Newspaper is Out

Watch for a more detailed post later, but for now, please take note of the following:

Saturday, June 6 is opening day of our 2015 North City Farmers’ Market season!  Please come on out to celebrate our 9th season at any time from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street, just south of St. Louis Avenue and across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen. The market will once again feature fresh, healthy, and locally-grown vegetables and fruit, other food items (including honey), crafts, children’s activities, music (with legendary DJ Ital-K on the bill for Saturday), exercise classes, nutrition education, and so much more! For more info, check out the Facebook event page by clicking HERE.

And, while you’re at the market, stop by our information table to learn more about how you can help Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrate 34 years of existence - and help us kick off the first day of ONSLRG’s 35th year!

On June 5, 1981, the Missouri Secretary of State’s office approved the incorporation of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Inc., as a not-for-profit corporation. Thirty-four years later, ONSLRG is alive, well, and still working tirelessly in pursuit of a rather ambitious mission: to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character. With an impressive, award-winning track record of visible and measurable outcomes achieved over the past 34 years, ONSLRG has big things planned for year 35 and beyond. If you’d like to help us celebrate the many years of progress with ONSLRG’s neighborhood-driven and comprehensive redevelopment strategy - and help ONSLRG continue this work into the coming year, you may consider a $35 contribution ($1 for each of the past 34 years and $1 more for the start of another year), or a $35/month recurring contribution, or even a $3,500 donation or any other amount.  Whatever works for your budget, secure, tax-deductible contributions can be made online by clicking HERE.

If dropping off a check in-person is more your style, feel free to come by the ONSLRG office on Friday the 5th (or any day after that), or you can stop by our information table at the North City Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

More details on this topic to come, as well.

Meanwhile, watch for the latest issue of the Old North Community News to show up on your doorstep very soon. If you can’t wait that long, we’d be happy to have you come on by the ONSLRG office and pick up a pile to deliver to your block.

Thank you to all who help with making Old North the dynamic, friendly, welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhood that it has become over the past 34 years!


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.


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