Archive for June, 2006

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Difference Between a “Nice Neighborhood” and a Great Community
A nice neighborhood is one in which the residents tend their lawns and maintain their homes. A great community, however, is one in which residents invest time and energy beyond their own homes. As the photos below show, ONSL is a great community of residents who put in a great deal of time, effort, and care throughout the neighborhood.

Above: Johnnie Owens and Kathleen Wyllie work together at the Hebert Street Community Garden.
Above: Richard Hackman, earlier today, on one of his almost-daily litter patrols on the streets of ONSL.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Scenes from the 1st Pedalin’ for Poetry Bike Ride

With the Arch on the horizon, the cyclists approach the banner at St. Louis Avenue & Blair to read another line from Fulfilment by Langston Hughes.

Amanda Doyle, Jason McClelland, and Bruce Smith take a break along the Riverfront Trail, just one of the unique amenities right outside the borders of Old North St. Louis.

The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing site also provides an opportunity to learn about the first nationally recognized Underground Railroad site in Missouri. For more on this, check out Grace Hill’s website:

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Poetry + Bikes = Word Up Bike Tour!

Join us for the Word Up Bike Tour this Saturday, June 24, 2006. Bring your bike to the meeting point (Crown Candy Kitchen at St. Louis Avenue & N. 14th St.) by 10 a.m. We’ll ride an easy 5-10 miles through ONSL and nearby neighborhoods, stopping to enjoy the Word Up poetry banners along the way.

Word Up is an art and poetry project utilizing the public outdoor display of poetry to encourage the exploration of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood via bicycling and walking. Created and coordinated by Maddie Earnest, Amanda Doyle, and Ann Haubrich, the project uses banners designed by students from the Wayfinding/Envirnonmental Design class at Webster University, taught byJoe Floresca.

Saturday’s event is a project of and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. All are welcome! For more information, call 353-6761.

The photo above was taken by Karen Karabell and is courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation. More photos of the BikeFed’s tour through ONSL on May 13 can be found at

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Work-in-Progress Photo of the Day

A view of the 1300 block of North Market with historic rehab continuing at 1304, which will include four 2-bedroom apartments; brickwork just getting started at the new construction, for-sale townhouses at 1310-14; the single-family house at 1316 to be rehabbed as part of the North Market Place for-sale development; and the historic rehab in progress at the mixed-use building at N. 14th and North Market in the background.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


1440 Monroe before start of rehab

1440 Monroe receiving new drywall, yesterday

As these photos demonstrate, work is progressing rather nicely at 1440 Monroe. This formerly vacant and collapsing building is one of the 9 historic buildings in Old North St. Louis that are part of the CONECT Project, a partnership of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance, and Forest Park Southeast Development Corp. When completed, 1440 Monroe will be home to two 3-bedroom and one 2-bedroom apartments. The whole project will produce in 32 affordable apartments in Old North St. Louis and 27 affordable apartments in Forest Park Southeast. Leasing information can be obtained from the Lipton Group at 314-588-7267.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

ONSL Buzzing with Cool Activities

Just how cool is Old North St. Louis? In the course of 24 hours this past weekend, we had our first Outdoor Movie Night of the season on Wright Street (thanks to the hard work of Tino Ochoa, Zoila Rendon, Leon Ochoa, and ONSLRG’s Social Outreach Committee); an overnight community patrol by more than a dozen residents, staff and partners from RHCDA, keeping the community and construction sites safe from the type of theft and vandalism that plague construction sites everywhere; and the filming of a short movie along 14th Street as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.

Monday, June 12, 2006


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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