Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The People of ONSL: the Most Essential Component for Redevelopment

Day 37 of “45 Days in Old North” When you visit Old North St. Louis for the ONSL House & Community Tour this coming Saturday, you’ll get a chance to see beautifully restored homes, walk through attractive community gardens, and get a sense of the most important ingredient in the revitalization of Old North St. Louis: the people of the community. The Community Affairs department of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently published an article (The Evolution of Two Neighborhoods) with the following sub-heading: “Having the Right Mix of People Essential to Redevelopment.” With that in mind, Old North St. Louis is in pretty darn good shape.

Johnnie Owens shows up in a lot of pictures because she shows up at almost every community event, meeting, and activity in the neighborhood. As an officer on the Board of ONSLRG, Johnnie helps to set the direction of the neighborhood’s rebirth.

John Burse, ONSLRG’s Board President, opened his home to house tour visitors year after year while he was in the midst of a long-term rehab. As an award-winning architect, John continues to bring vision and outside connections to the organization, although his home will not be on the tour this year.

Tino Ochoa (in the white t-shirt) has initiated or helped out with countless neighborhood improvement projects and recently passed the torch as chair of ONSLRG’s Social Outreach Committee to take on the job of Vice President of ONSLRG’s Board.

Phil Valko joined ONSLRG’s Board last year and was elected Treasurer of the Board in March of this year. Over the past few years, Phil has co-founded the Urban Studio and brought numerous cultural and arts-related activities to the neighborhood.

We invite all who are interested in community development to come visit ONSL this Saturday to meet these dynamic individuals and their fellow community members who are actively engaged in redeveloping the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. For more information on the tour, visit

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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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