Archive for July, 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Remarkable Transformation Photo of the Week
The building at 1436 Monroe was crumbling into the street before our contractor, E.M. Harris, started the phenomenal job of re-constructing and rehabbing it. Soon this building will be home for three families, with two 2-bedroom apartments and one 3-bedroom apartment.

Below: 1436 Monroe in September, 2005

Below: 1436 Monroe on July 27, 2006

For more details on this 9-building, 32 apartment development, visit and click on the CONECT project.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Capoeira in ONSL
The Urban Studio ( is offering Capoeira classes in ONSL for adults and children this summer. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that looks like a combination of dance, aerobics, gymnastics, and kick-boxing (without the violence). Whether you can pronounce it or not, it is fascinating to watch. The following photos were from the demonstration at Strodtman Park on July 12.

Below Phil Valko, co-founder and co-director of the Urban Studio, discusses the program with a participant as the demonstration is in progress behind him.

More details can be obtained from Phil at 333-7017 or by sending an email to:

Friday, July 21, 2006

After the Storm
Two days after one of the most ferocious storms in the City’s history blew through town, many ONSL residents are still without power and scrambling to find places to stay cool. The following photos document some of the storm’s impact.

Above: the already neglected and endangered building at 1305 Benton suffered further damage by Wednesday evening’s devastating winds.

Above: Troops from the National Guard patrolling North Market on Friday afternoon.

Above: Utility crews from Iowa and Wisconsin prepare to assist with efforts to restore power to ONSL.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Another Demonstration of How Decent and Considerate ONSL Residents Are

Earlier today Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Social Outreach Committee hosted another construction worker appreciation event to thank the people who are doing the hard work of building new homes and restoring historic buildings throughout the neighborhood. Today’s reception allowed the construction workers to get a break from the heat and humidity with refreshments provided by the community. The event was spearheaded by Tino Ochoa (in the green shirt on the left in the photo above) with assistance from Carole Gates (also in the picture above), Ella Owens, Barbara Manzara, Johnnie Owens, and Leon Ochoa.

Above: Barbara Manzara makes a sales pitch for the neighborhood.

Above: Johnnie Owens greets a construction worker who reminded her that he also appreciated the the community’s warmth and hospitality at the coffee break reception in February.


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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