Saturday, April 28, 2007

Pitching In & Cleaning Up in Old North St. Louis

Day 27 of “45 Days in Old North”

One distinguishing characteristic of a healthy and sustainable neighborhood is that the residents don’t just sit around and wait for other people to come in and fix things for them; residents of these neighborhoods pitch in and work with their neighbors to make their communities what they want it to be. In a demonstration of how this is happening in Old North St. Louis, residents from throughout the neighborhood took to the streets, alleys, parks and vacant lots today as part of the annual Operation Brightside clean-up.
The following photos show many of these ONSL residents taking action to beautify their neighborhood, with a bit of help from more than 100 St. Louis University students from the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

Above: Tom Tschetter, John Burse, John Bratkowski, Matt Fernandez, Barbara Manzara, and Courtney McDermott get ready to take work teams to different parts of the neighborhood.

Above: Gloria Bratkowski describing the various projects and dividing the the SLU students and other volunteers into different work teams.

Above: North Market Place homeowner Chris Blackwell leads a group of volunteers in cleaning up Jackson Park.

Above: ONSLRG intern Matt Fernandez leads a work team in cleaning up the soon-to-be redeveloped 14th Street Mall.
Above: Gloria Bratkowski and her work team get the Hebert Community Garden in shape for the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour, two weeks from today (May 12). Just one more reminder to get your tickets at

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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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