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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Building a Healthy Neighborhood

Day 3 of “45 Days in Old North”

One of the comments we often hear from skeptics is that ONSL won’t be able to thrive until we can attract a grocery store. While getting a full-service grocery store with affordable necessities, including healthy food, is a worthy goal, many desirable neighborhoods are doing quite well without a grocery store within their boundaries. Although most suburban subdivisions lack a grocery store within their boundaries or within walking distance, I wonder if developers of those subdivisions get told that homebuyers wouldn’t think of living there without a supermarket within a couple blocks.

Oddly enough, the south end of ONSL is less than a mile-and-a-half from City Grocers on Olive Street and all of the neighborhood is within a few miles of several other major supermarkets. Since most Americans get in their cars to go pick up their food and household products, a drive that only takes 5-7 minutes shouldn’t be much of a deterrent for prospective residents.

Nevertheless, ONSL is moving in the direction of becoming a walkable, mixed-use community where residents can find a variety of goods and services down the street or around the corner. The redevelopment of the 14th Street Mall will provide a number of new opportunities for retail and commercial tenants. Starting this summer, though, neighborhood residents will be able to find good, high quality, farm-grown produce right in the heart of ONSL, at 14th and St. Louis Avenue, across from Crown Candy Kitchen. Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health and the initiative of the folks at New Roots Urban Farm, in collaboration with ONSLRG and several other community groups, the North City Farmers’ Market will run on Saturdays from June through October. So, mark your calendars and get ready to develop a habit of picking up your groceries on N. 14th Street. Watch for more details within the next month.

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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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