Thursday, April 23, 2009
For the the third time in less than a year, Kaid Benfield has taken note of the revitalization under way in Old North St. Louis. As the director of the Smart Growth Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Kaid has spent considerable time looking at and studying cities across the country, and he regularly shares his perspective on good policies and effective strategies for achieving sustainable development. Last week Kaid used his blog to highlight the progress being made in Old North.
Kaid mentions that he could barely contain his enthusiasm last year when he discovered what has been going on in Old North, and offers his take on the neighborhood’s redevelopment: ”it is being brought back in a thoughtful, inclusive, diverse, grassrootsy sort of way, but with some terrific organizational support from the Old North Restoration Group and financial investment from the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance, among bevy of supporters.”
In highlighting the success of Old North, Kaid makes his case that “no other single category of activity is more important to sustainable development thant revitalization. When done properly, it’s great for residents old and new, great for cities, and great for the environment.”
You can read Kaid’s full blog entry on the NRDC website - and take a look at some of the pictures of ONSL that he’s discovered and re-posted…and then you can come see it all for yourself at the Old North St. Louis House and Community Tour on Saturday, May 9.