Sunday, April 22, 2007

Happy Earth Day from Environmentally-Friendly ONSL

Day 21 of “45 Days in Old North”

In honor of Earth Day, it’s worth noting how environmentally-friendly life in Old North St. Louis is. Recently the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council announced a rating system for neighborhood development projects to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) designation. The LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system is in the pilot phase, but the published guidelines read like a description of Old North St. Louis.

Among the principles and characteristics of a neighborhood with good environmental design included in the LEED guidelines are: diversity of housing types, affordable rental housing, affordable for-sale housing, diversity of uses, compact development, bicycle network, school proximity, housing & jobs proximity, reduced automobile dependence, walkable streets, access to public spaces, access to active spaces, and reuse of historic buildings.

ONSL possesses all of these, but for today, consider the reduced automobile dependence criterion. ONSL is a neighborhood where it actually is convenient to use alternative transportation methods to access the region’s primary employment center and a multitude of shops, restaurants, & entertainment venues. Residents of ONSL enjoy walkable streets and many commute to work and other destinations by bike and public transit. The neighborhood is served by two bus routes (#30 - Soulard, and #74 - Florissant) that pass through the neighborhood and another (#40 - Broadway) just a quarter-mile east of the neighborhood.

Watch for more details later on plans for Bike St. Louis bike lanes through ONSL, which will make it even easier for residents and visitors to get to the Riverfront Trail and other sites throughout the region served by existing bike lanes.

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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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