On many occasions we’ve posted photos showing the before and after conditions of buildings that have been transformed from crumbling eyesores into beautifully restored homes or mixed use buildings. The preservation and redevelopment of historically and architecturally significant buildings represents a very important part of the Old North story. And we intend to do a lot more of that. However, that’s only part of the revitalization in progress throughout Old North.
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s mission statement calls for the organization to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the neighborhood because a vibrant and sustainable community requires more than just attractive buildings and aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Consequently, ONSLRG spends a lot of time and energy on a broad range of activities that nurture the relationship-building aspects of community development. The following images illustrate just some of that work as it took place this past Saturday.
Putting the “Open” in Old North’s Neighborhood Open Meeting
On Saturday, ONSLRG held our regular neighborhood meeting outside on the corner plaza at N. 14th & St. Louis Avenue as a way of taking advantage of the wonderfully cool late July weather and to draw more people to the meeting. Meeting topics included an update from our Gateway Greening AmeriCorps Summer Associate, Sara Stagg (see below), on plans for the National Night Out Celebration scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the 13th Street Garden; a presentation by representatives from Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) about the recently dedicated “Old North Rain Garden” at N. 14th & Clinton (and watch for a separate blog post about that in the next day or so); a presentation by Natasha Ramey about plans for the Old North St. Louis Foreign Language Lab and Art Gallery at 1323 Hebert; and an introduction of our new 5th District Community Liaison Officer, Quianna Dickerson.
Live Music at Crown Square - for North City Farmers’ Market and Crown Candy’s Line of Customers
Musician Atum Jones of Kreative Pandemonium performed on the Crown Square corner plaza stage.
The usual line out the door of customers waiting to get in at Crown Candy Kitchen got to enjoy the entertaining sounds of Atum Jones, followed by the music of Jamaica Ray.
Yoga… and Other Developments at the Sustainable Land Lab Lots
ONSLRG practicum student Jagat Acharya led a yoga session at the Mighty Mississippians’ Sustainable Land Lab lot at 13th & Montgomery.
Meanwhile, the corn is coming in rather nicely at the back part of the Mighty Mississippians’ lot.
The Sunflower+ Project at 1318 Warren continues to draw visitors and neighborhood residents to check out the sunflowers - or to help out.
13th Street Community Garden
It wouldn’t be a Saturday without work going on at the 13th Street Community Garden, where garden regulars Nick, Thom, and Ross found time to take a break from gardening to swap updates on what’s blooming these days.
North City Farmers’ Market
And the highlight of every Saturday in Old North is the North City Farmers’ Market.
And speaking of the North City Farmers’ Market, we are a bit behind in acknowledging and thanking the Riverfront Times blog for their great coverage of the market on July 19 in Zach Garrison’s Gut Check Guide to all things food-related.
The whole piece is worth the read - and you can do so by clicking HERE - but here’s one of our favorite lines:
“The North City Farmers’ Market is, without a doubt, the little engine that could, operated by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, whose overarching goal is to bring vivacity and excitement (and fresh veggies!) to a neighborhood looking to make a comeback.”
Thanks to all who make Old North such a dynamic, friendly, and sustainable community.
If you’d like to help ONSLRG continue the work of revitalizing Old North, please make a tax-deductible contribution today by clicking HERE or the button below.
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