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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shakespeare in the Streets Coming to Old North September 17-19

Mark your calendars & start spreading the news: Shakespeare in the Streets will take place in the heart of Old North, at the intersection of N. 14th & Montgomery Thursday, Sept. 17-Saturday, Sept. 19.
Details about the performances, including cast information, can be found in the official announcement from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis by clicking HERE, and on the website for the event by clicking HERE (where you can learn a lot more about some of the familiar Old North faces you’ll see on stage, food options, and parking info).
It’s not too soon to start inviting all of your friends, work colleagues, and family to join you in Old North for the evening, including dinner before the show at one of Old North’s fine eating establishments.
Watch for more details here between now and Sept. 17 - or search the #WelcometoOldNorth hashtag on Facebook and Instagram to meet some of the residents and business owners who have contributed to this project, from sharing their stories to welcoming the Shakespeare in the Streets team into their storefronts.
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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.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Old North in the Spotlight, Locally & Globally: “Experience St. Louis” Features Profile of ONSL; & German Marshall Fund Report Examines Old North’s Approach to Revitalization

Old North is in the news once again for all of the good things going on in the neighborhood…

Thank you to the City of St. Louis Communications Division for featuring the continuing revitalization of Old North in the July/August 2015 issue of Experience St. Louis, as written by Kathleen Dudley, the publication’s creator and editor.

Stop by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office or any of the other businesses along N. 14th Street in Old North to pick up your own copy of Experience St. Louis.

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Meanwhile, to get a more global perspective on Old North, you can take a look at a recent report by French urban researcher, Celine Gipoulon, as published by the German Marshall Fund. This report was based on analysis of different approaches to urban revitalization in three Rust Belt cities, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, with Old North presented as a case study for community-driven initiatives.

Click HERE to view the article online or to download a PDF of the report.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Here TOMORROW, Sat., May 9: Old North House & Community Tour + the Spring Fling in the City Vintage Market

We’re counting down the hours now for the biggest event of our year, and perhaps the biggest Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour ever!  We invite you to be here to enjoy the big day with us as we celebrate the vitality, warmth, beauty, character and soul of a neighborhood in the midst of dramatic revitalization. As a community that many had given up on not that long ago, the comeback of Old North should serve as an inspiration for anyone who believes in the power of community-driven neighborhood development.

With our advance ticket price of just $12 expiring at midnight, now is the time to get your tickets.  Click HERE or on the image below to purchase as many tickets as you can via our secure PayPayl account, then we’ll have the tickets waiting for you tomorrow at our registration table.

Our previous posts have highlighted some of what will be on this year’s tour - click HERE to take a look at the post from Tuesday…

…and click HERE to see the post from Saturday.

Now for a few more previews…

Incredible, back-from-the-brink of demolition transformations...

A really cool art exhibit in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) Gallery, featuring works of people who live or work in Old North (or have close ties to the community)

Did we mention the free ice cream?  Thanks to Crown Candy Kitchen, all ticketed tour-goers will get a free scoop of ice cream at the ONSLRG Gallery!

And, did we mention the free cup of coffee at La Mancha Coffeehouse (for ticketed tour-goers)?

Environmentally-responsible shuttle service…

*(and, yes, in case you’re wondering, they do have a cover that can be put up to protect the riders from the blazing sun and or other elements.)

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Want to attend for FREE?

All volunteers at the tour get to go on the tour for FREE and attend the after-tour appreciation party! We still have room for more, so let us know now if you’d like to take us up on this incredible offer.  Click HERE for the shift information and to sign up.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors who make this great event possible, especially PNC.

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And, as noted in earlier posts, we’re sharing the day with the hugely successful Spring Fling in the City vintage street market, with all sorts of presents for the Moms in your life, just in time for Mothers’ Day!  Come on out to enjoy the activity in the street and to celebrate all things good about urban, historic neighborhoods.

So, this is your last call to get advance tickets.  Click HERE.  However, you’ll still be able to get tickets on Saturday at the day-of price of $15 (still one of the best prices in town for a neighborhood house tour).

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 9, right here in the heart of Old North!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Old North Walking Club Ends 2014 Season with a “Walk to the Trestle”

On Sept. 28, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrated the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Old North Walking Club with a Walk to the Trestle.  The Trestle is a 1.5 mile abandoned railroad alignment purchased by Great Rivers Greenway and planned for future development as a “Rails to Trails” paved and landscaped bike and walking path.

The Trestle will connect the Riverfront Trail to the southeastern corner of Old North, as the Trestle touches down near the intersection of Howard and Hadley.

As it crosses over Interstate 70, the Trestle offers phenomenal views of downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, the North Broadway commercial corridor, Produce Row, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Old North.

The Old North Walking Club and a few new friends met at the ONSLRG office on N. 14th Street and made the 0.8 mile trek to The Trestle, where the participants could enjoy spectacular views and and refreshing and delicious treats at a picnic on the Trestle.  A total of 55 people took part on the walk and picnic.

At the Hadley Street “trailhead” of the Trestle, Todd Antoine of Great Rivers Greenway met the group to provide a brief orientation on what The Trestle’s neighbors would be able to see.

On the Trestle, Todd showed how The Trestle fits into the broader plans for a regional, connected greenway.

Other display boards showed renderings of what the Trestle will look like when completed.

After looking at the plans and renderings of what will be coming to the Trestle, the Old North residents and friends got to go explore what the Trestle looks like today, while taking in the incredible views.

The tour of the Trestle concluded with a one-of-a-kind picnic with neighbors…

After the fun on the Trestle, the group enjoyed a leisurely walk back to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, past many of the neighborhood’s amenities, including Jackson Park (above) and the tree-lined streets of architecturally significant homes (below).

Thank you to Great Rivers Greenway for providing financial support to make it possible for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to host the Old North Walking Club this past summer.  For more about GRG, click HERE.

With this support, the Old North Walking Club went out for 28 separate group walks with 60 different individuals participating.  The walks averaged 9.42 people participating per week on walks.   If we add up every individual’s walking time and distance, our walking club collectively walked 456 miles (equivalent to walking from St. Louis to Detroit) and for 283 hours (almost 12 days straight of walking!)

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Monday, May 12, 2014

5 Days to Go: Still Time to Buy Tickets & Recruit Others to Join You at Old North House & Community Tour

We’re down to the final 5 days, so time is running out to get your tickets at the advance ticket price of only $10 for the Old North House & Community Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Click HERE to purchase your tickets online now.

This year’s tour features a chance to get inside views of an eclectic mix of homes, businesses, and gardens, some of which are shown below, as well as in our previous post.

Although each of the 17 stops on the tour would be worth a visit on their own, the Old North House & Community Tour showcases more than distinctive but scattered places.   Our tour allows visitors an opportunity to see how all of these pieces fit together to create a vibrant community in the midst of dynamic, positive transformation.

While you’re in the neighborhood for the Old North House & Community Tour, be sure to visit the two stl250 cakes in Old North, in honor of our city’s 250th birthday.  Above: the stl250 cake in front of Crown Candy Kitchen. By the way, it’s worth noting that, once again, Crown Candy will be donating ice cream to ONSLRG to distribute to ticket-holding attendees of the tour.

The second stl250 cake can be found in front of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office.

Speaking of public art, Jamaica Ray’s mannequins will most likely be hanging out somewhere in the vicinity of St. Louis Avenue and N. 14th Street, while Jamaica Ray himself will probably be playing his steel drums somewhere nearby or riding his bike along N. 14th Street (see below).

Among the other sites to admire along the street: the recently completed pocket park / garden at 2709 N. 14th Street (above), made possible with funding support from Equifax Foundation, design work by St. Louis ArtWorks apprentices, volunteer labor from Scottrade and Equifax employees, and oversight by Rebuilding Together St. Louis.

And, as with every visit to Old North, a leisurely stroll along the streets of the neighborhood provides multiple occasions to pause and appreciate the rich architectural character of the building stock that gives Old North an authentic sense of place.

However, if you’d rather catch a ride along the tour route or from one tour stop to the next, we’ll provide a couple of different, environmentally friendly shuttle options: golf cart shuttles and pedicabs from St. Louis 3-Wheel Taxi (see below).

So now it’s just a matter of getting your tickets - and rounding up as many friends as you can to join you in Old North this coming Saturday, May 17.  Click HERE or on the image below to buy your tickets online.

If you’d like to purchase advance tickets in person, stop by the ONSLRG office at 2700 N. 14th Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. the rest of this week.  For more information or to volunteer to help with the tour, give us a call at 314-241-5031 or send an email to info@onsl.org.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Trailnet on Tap at Old North Gallery Wed., Sept. 25

Join us Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for Trailnet’s monthly gathering that brings local livability experts to St. Louis city neighborhoods in fun, relaxed settings.  We’re pleased that Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street will serve as this month’s “fun, relaxed setting” for the event.

As noted on the flyer above, this month’s Trailnet on Tap will feature artist Ilene Berman, the creative force behind NODhouse.  Learn about her new project, Room13Delmar — a tricycle-based mobile art studio that will travel throughout North St. Louis, inviting any and all residents passing by to participate in the creative process together. By connecting with local businesses in the area to set-up the mobile studio, Berman strives to create an easily-accessible public space where North City residents and workers can connect through creative dialogue, while simultaneously expand our understanding of what is happening “north of Delmar.”

Cost: Free! Snacks provided. Beer and wine available for a suggested $4 donation.

For more information, contact Molly Pearson of Trailnet (by phone: 314-436-1324, ext. 117; or by email: molly@trailnet.org) or visit Trailnet’s Facebook page for this event by clicking HERE.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learn Details of Streetcar Proposal for Old North at March 7 Open House

If you’d like to learn more details about a new proposal to develop a streetcar line that will connect Old North to Downtown and other neighborhoods, you’ll get a good opportunity on Thursday, March 7.

The open house on March 7, from 4-7 p.m., will provide the public with an opportunity to see the plans, maps, and drawings, and to talk with the consultants who prepared the feasibility study for the route.

To learn more about the plan before the open house, you can read a good summary posted on the nextSTL website, written by Matt Fernandez, ONSLRG’s Community Development Specialist.  Click HERE for that article.  To download and print off the PDF version of the flyer to share with your neighbors or to post in a place where others will see it, click HERE.

The vertical yellow line shows the proposed route from Downtown to Old North via North Florissant

The vertical yellow line shows the proposed route from Downtown to Old North via North Florissant

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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