Friday, April 20, 2007

A Dynamic & Engaged Community - with Support from Far & Wide

Day 19 of “45 Days in Old North”

Oh what a difference a year can make! Less than a year ago, the southwest corner of N. 14th and North Market was a construction zone. Not long before that, the building there was just another indicator of abandonment and decay - a bricked-up and boarded, fire-damaged vacant building, as the photo from a couple years ago shows: But last night, the space at 1400 North Market served as a demonstration of what can happen with targeted investments that build upon a community’s assets. The former eyesore not only had been transformed into a symbol of ONSL’s attractive and historic architecture, the space within the building was alive with the type of activity that sustains a community for the long haul.

Last night the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group hosted one of its periodic Old North St. Louis Quality of Life Meetings at 1400 N. Market. Residents from throughout the neighborhood came together to discuss concerns and share ideas for continuing the neighborhood’s path toward full revitalization. The crowd reflected the diversity of the community, with neighbors who were young & old; African American, white, & Hispanic; renters & homeowners; newcomers & longtimers - all working together toward a common goal. The meeting was facilitated by ONSLRG board member Natasha Smith Ramey, with assistance from fellow board members Johnnie Owens and Tino Ochoa. Also in attendance were Capt. Gwen Spicer, commander of the 5th District police, Lt. Oldani of the 4th District, Kathryn Woodard of the Neighborhood Stabilization Office, and representative of the Stray Rescue organization.

Meanwhile, across town at Steven Fitzptrick Smith’s The Royale on South Kingshighway, ONSL residents and friends from outside the neighborhood gathered to raise funds for the preservation of ONSL’s Mullanphy Emigrant Home building. The following photo is just a sampling of those in the crowd and a glimpse of the enjoyment had by all

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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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