Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Day 45 of “45 Days in Old North”
Today marks the last day in our 45 consecutive days of posts about the various happenings related to the Old North St. Louis revitalization in progress. As we expected, the past 45 days have been incredibly eventful. Among the highlights:
Another highly successful house & community tour (ONSLRG’s single largest day in terms of showing off the progress being achieved in the neighborhood and raising funds to sustain the work of the organization throughout the rest of the year).
A lot of positive media attention from:
- Channel 4 (KMOV) News, on two separate occasions;
- Channel 5 (KSDK) News;
- KWMU (90.7 FM), at least twice;
- Associated Press;
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch;
- Arch City Chronicle;
- St. Louis Magazine (which called ONSL “one of St. Louis’ most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods”);
- a lot of discussion on numerous blogs, in-town and as far away as Washington, D.C.;
- St. Louis Commerce Magazine (which referred to ONSL as a “hot-bed of renovation”).
Successful fundraising events for the Mullanphy preservation:
- the emergency beer & cheese reception at the Schlafly Bottleworks;
- “Mullanphy Saloon” happy hour at The Royale;
- the benefit concert tonight at Christ Church Cathedral (see below).
We received several awards, honors & recognitions from outside organizations:
- “What’s Right with the Region” Award from Focus St. Louis;
- “Most Enhanced Award” for the North Market Place Apartments from Landmarks Association;
- Recognition of the Mullanphy building as one of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Places in the State of Missouri” by Missouri Preservation.
Efforts to preserve the Mullanphy Emigrant Home progressed on numerous fronts, some of which have been touched upon above, but also included:
- the launching of the SaveMullanphy.org website;
- ongoing recruitment of outside organizations to join the Historic Mullanphy Alliance;
- additional construction stabilization work by crews from E.M. Harris Construction Co., and commitment of additional resources for labor, equipment, supplies, and material from contractors affiliated with the Masonry Institute of St. Louis.
And we continued to coordinate various community-based neighborhod improvement efforts:
- Quality of Life meeting for neighborhood residents with police and city agency representatives;
- the annual Operation Brightside neighborhood-wide clean-up.
All of the above reflect the broad-based and long-term approach to community development that relies on the coordinated and respectful efforts of board members, staff, community residents, and outside partners and supporters. We thank all who are helping to make Old North St. Louis a model for successful urban neighborhood revitalization! Watch this space for updates on this ambitious community initiative, although these posts may be on a slightly less frequent basis after today.
Now, one last plug for tonight’s benefit concert for the Mullanphy building at Christ Church Cathedral. Come on out at 7:30 p.m. and celebrate the achievements of the past 45 days and help ONSLRG launch the next phase of taking the Mullanphy building off the “Most Endangered” list. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 each (or whatever contribution amount you can afford).