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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

ONSL in New York Times and More Opportunities to Help Mullanphy

Day 17 of “45 Days in Old North”

Yesterday’s edition of the New York Times has an article about the most recent Census Bureau population estimates for the City of St. Louis: Hopes for a Renaissance After Exodus in St. Louis. The picture accompanying the online version of the story shows a view toward the Arch with a vacant building at 1300 Monroe in the foreground (I haven’t seen a print copy, so I’m not sure if it’s also in there). While it’s nice to capture the attention of an esteemed publication, such as the New York Times, it’s unfortunate that ONSL’s very real transformation didn’t fit their storyline.

Out of the picture, but right on the same block as that vacant house, visitors to the neighborhood can find three new homes that have been built and sold, and another house under construction. Just one block to the north are four occupied apartments that were recently rehabbed, just down the street from six completed new houses and three others under construction. Within 2-3 blocks of that same vacant house are eight other historic buildings that were converted from vacant, crumbling shells into award-winning, beautifully restored apartments for 28 other families, AND six more completed, sold and occupied new homes and two more under construction. So, if NYT reporter Susan Saulner would be up for a return visit, we hereby invite her and her photographer back to capture the whole picture of this neighborhood’s revitalization - and the contributions ONSL is making toward the repopulation of the City.
Above: a new home nears completion at 1201 North Market, with construction in progress for another new home at 1209, next door to the recently rehabbed apartments at 1211-15 at the left.

In other news If you missed the Mullanphy fundraiser this past Saturday night, you will have at least two other opportunities, including one tomorrow evening. Courtesy of our friends at Ecology of Absence:

Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, Claire Nowak-Boyd and Michael Allen and the Historic Mullanphy Alliance invite you to the MULLANPHY SALOON to benefit the effort to rebuild the historic Mullanphy Emigrant Home and for informal conversation on urban issues featuring music by DJ Akita San Thursday, April 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway.

What? The Historic Mullanphy Alliance will be collecting donations toward stabilization of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, and the Royale is graciously donating $1 from every purchase of a Schlafly product to the effort. Come together with fellow citizens to help an important effort and for informal discussion on architecture, history, politics and anything else on your mind.

And, another event will take place four weeks from today. The following description comes to us courtesy of Landmarks Association:

Mullanphy Benefit Concert
Wednesday May 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust

Put your hands together (in applause) and help rebuild the fragile walls of the irreplaceable Mullanphy Emigrant Home (1609 N. 14th Street). The benefit concert features traditional and bluegrass music by Lydia Ruffin, The Flying Mules and other generous guest performers. The cost is $20 in advance (call 241-5031) or $25 at the door.

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