Archive for August, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dope Poets Tourney Coming to UrbArts & ONSLRG Gallery Aug. 27-Aug. 29

Over 24 poets from throughout St. Louis will compete in this multi-day poetry slam tournament starting next Thursday in Old North St. Louis.

For more information, visit the UrbArts website,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Help Us Plan for Sustainable Development within the Context of Historic Old North St. Louis

As reported in the Old North Community News back in May, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Old North St. Louis for a new effort to help lay the groundwork for future development that respects the neighborhood’s historic character while also promoting environmental sustainability. EPA has contracted with a design team led by SWT to work with the City of St. Louis, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG), and other community stakeholders on this project.

Among EPA’s goals for the project: “to demonstrate how a neighborhood can protect, preserve, and rehabilitate its historic architecture while incorporating green features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors; improve the community’s environmental conditions; put public investment to its best and highest use; and help revitalize the neighborhood, spurring additional economic and social benefits.”

Now, we’re at the stage when Old North residents, businesses and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in the process. Next week there will be  be three separate events designed to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the community.

Tuesday, August 25: Full Day Public Charrette

….The charrette will bring together a diverse group of perspectives including experts in sustainable design, urban planning, economic development, architecture, and historic preservation with city officials and neighborhood residents and advocates. During the charrette, the design team and participants will explore a full range of strategies that will address the unique challenges of Old North and build upon the neighborhood’s historic character and recent development achievements.

Preliminary strategies and schematic designs will be presented to initiate dialogue on each of the project focus areas, potential interventions, and the overall neighborhood vision. The planners will facilitate focus group discussions on the following topics:

•             Economic Development

•             Perception, Brand/Identity

•             Housing /Historic Preservation (Vacant Properties, Land Use, Form-Based Code)

•             Transportation (Streets, Bike/Ped, Transit)

•             Environment & Energy (Hydrology, Air Quality, Renewable Energy)

Although the charrette is open to all, space is limited, so advance registration is required.  Register by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Public Open House

An Initial Public Open House will be held to initiate a community dialogue about the overall neighborhood vision and gather feedback about possible interventions.  Preliminary design concepts will be on display and d planners will be available to answer questions and to hear your ideas.  All are welcome and no registration is required.

Thursday, Aug. 27: 4:30-6:30 p.m. : Second Public Open House

A second Public Open House will be held on Thursday evening to enable interested residents and citizens to see how initial ideas have been modified to incorporate community feedback into design options for the project area.

All of the above events will take place at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street, STL, MO 63106.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TONIGHT: Join Us for the Old North National Night Out Celebration at 13th Street Community Garden

Spread the word:  All are welcome to join us for a community-wide National Night Out celebration at the 13th Street Community Garden, 2700-16 N. 13th Street (just north of Montgomery and just south of St. Louis Avenue).

We’ll be grilling hot dogs, roasting marshmallows, providing face-painting, music and games for all ages.  If you can, please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs, your musical instrument, a dessert or side dish to share, and beverages of your choice.

For more information, feel free to contact us at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by phone: 314-241-5031 or email,

To get you in the mood, we offer a few images from past years’ National Night Out celebrations:

See you this evening!


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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