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Archive for April, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Old North Featured on KMOV’s “News 4 A Change”

If you missed the news on KMOV-TV (Channel 4) at 10 p.m. tonight, you missed Larry Conners’ latest installment of “News 4 A Change” - and some good views of the transformation of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall into Crown Square and some other scenes from other parts of the neighborhood.   The video of that segment is now posted on the KMOV website, so you can still see it by clicking RIGHT HERE.

Some of the images from tonight’s show:

Crown Square video on KMOV.com

Crown Square video on KMOV.com

ONSL resident Jeanne Stanley was interviewed and shared her excitement about the redevelopment throughout the neighborhood

ONSL resident Jeanne Stanley was interviewed and shared her excitement about the redevelopment throughout the neighborhood

A home on Hebert Street

A home on Hebert Street

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Watch Old North on Channel 4 Tonight at 10

Larry Conners and his “Good News 4 A Change” crew were in Old North St. Louis earlier today to do some interviews and capture some good footage of the redevelopment of Crown Square - and the revitalization evident throughout the neighborhood.  The segment is scheduled to air on the KMOV-TV (channel 4) 10 p.m. newscast tonight.

Left to right: ONSLRG Executive Director Sean Thomas, KMOV cameraman Stan, Steve Perron of KMOV, Channel 4 News Anchor Larry Conners, and RHCDA President Stephen Acree

Left to right: ONSLRG Executive Director Sean Thomas, KMOV cameraman Stan, Steve Perron of KMOV, Channel 4 News Anchor Larry Conners, and RHCDA President Stephen Acree

Larry Conners interviewing Stephen Acree about Crown Square

Larry Conners interviewing Stephen Acree about Crown Square

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Old North called “one of country’s best revitalization stories”

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.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pass it along: Old North House & Community Tour on YouTube

Check out the new YouTube video promoting the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 9 (just 24 days away!) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please forward this link to everybody you know so that we can get the word out about this wonderful opportunity to see the great things going on in Old North St. Louis, “where the past is present, and the future is North.”

And be sure to mention that tickets are available online right here on the ONSL.org website.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Old North in St. Louis Magazine, on Channel 9, & featured on other blogs

A while back we mentioned that Old North was featured on Channel 9’s Living St. Louis program.  If you missed it when it was on TV, you can watch it online right here:

 

Other media outlets have been saying good things about ONSL, as well.  The April issue of St. Louis Magazine is all about the Best Places to Live in St. Louis — and such an issue wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the great things going on in Old North.  ONSL gets credit as a community ripe with opportunities for rehabbers.  To illustrate that case, the issue includes a full-page photo of V. and Graham Lane, who are in the midst of a one-of-a-kind conversion of an old charcoal warehouse into their residence and artist studio space.

V. & Graham Lane represent Old North in St. Louis Magazine

V. & Graham Lane represent Old North in St. Louis Magazine

In the past week we’ve had at least a couple of good plugs from bloggers with Old North connections.  Michael Allen’s Ecology of Absence blog addresses the current wave of rehab activity throughout the neighborhood - and the chance to come see it all on May 9 when ONSLRG hosts the annual Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour. And Kira Switzer’s blog about rehabbing a house in Old North also makes a pitch for the house tour, which will offer an opportunity for a firsthand look at the unique combination of new construction and rehab in progress at 1318 Hebert.

Speaking of the house tour, information and links to buy tickets can now be found on the ONSL website — so tell everyone you know to click RIGHT HERE to get the details.

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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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