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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Streets, Trails, History, Art and Community in Old North

Over the next couple days, the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street will be buzzing with activity and conversations about different pieces of the overall community revitalization in progress and planned for Old North.  Although art exhibitions and plans for street improvements may not seem to have a lot of overlap, Old North is the kind of place where residents can be passionate and engaged in discussions about streets and trails on one day and turn out in force the next day to support an arts initiative or an exhibit in a gallery here.  On Thursday and Friday of this week, we’ll get a chance to see all of that in action as Great Rivers Greenway and Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates hold different events in our gallery.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The latest plans for improving Branch Street will be on display for review and comment as Great Rivers Greenway brings maps, drawings, and planners out to the community in an open house style of event at the ONSLRG gallery on Thursday from 4-6:30 p.m.  Branch Street is one of the few ways to directly access the Riverfront Trail from a residential neighborhood in the City.  Over the past couple years, ONSLRG has worked closely with GRG, the city, Trailnet, and other partners to develop plans to clean up, beautify and increase safety along that corridor.  The event on Thursday will be a chance for more neighbors - especially those who  haven’t been able to participate in earlier discussions - to get in on this ongoing process.

Information will also be on hand about the current status and future phases of the Trestle project, which will connect the southeastern portion of Old North to the Riverfront Trail via the transformation of the long-abandoned railroad trestle into an elevated hiking and biking trail.

Since both Branch Street plans and the Trestle project represent significant investments in Old North and great recreational amenities for residents of the neighborhood and visitors alike, please spread the word and invite other neighbors to come on out to learn more - and have their voices heard.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

With Old North’s rich history of welcoming immigrants into the community from its earliest days through the present and with the character of the neighborhood constantly evolving as a result of these new residents’ contributions, there should be a lot of local interest in a new exhibition opening in our gallery on Friday evening.  Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates will once again bring an exhibition to our gallery that puts a spotlight on the immigrant experience in St. Louis.  This year’s exhibit will include work by local New American photographers Juan Montana and Amelia Sinangic, along with historical photos from multiple archives, as curated by Danny Gonzales of the Missouri Historical Society.

The opening reception for the exhibit will take place at our gallery on Friday evening from 6 until 9 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please join us and invite your neighbors to come along with you.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 10:07 am and is filed under Art in Old North, Bikes and Trails, Crown Square, History, Life in ONSL, Mullanphy Emigrant Home, ONSL amenities, Old North Gallery (formerly known as Crown Village Gallery), Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Outreach, Public Meetings, Uncategorized, sustainability. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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