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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old North is “Best Place to Live” in Riverfront Times 2015 “Best of St. Louis” Issue

This really isn’t news to those of us who know - and, therefore, love - Old North St. Louis. However, we are thrilled to share the news that yet another outside, neutral party has joined us in the assessment that Old North is the Best Place to Live in St. Louis. The annual Riverfront Times “Best of St. Louis” issue just hit the streets today, and right there on page 28 is the big news that Old North is this year’s selection for Best Place to Live. Click HERE to read the explanation from the good folks at the RFT in their online version.

As the brief article notes, Old North is “flourishing” with much to celebrate, including the redevelopment of Crown Square (where the commercial space is approaching full occupancy, by the way), a significant reduction in an already low amount of crime, a really cool farmers’ market, a “tight-knit bunch” of residents, and the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Village of North St. Louis just a few months away.

Although that little blurb says a lot, we know the full story deserves much more space than the RFT had available in their very jam-packed Best of issue.  So, stay tuned for a follow up from us on some of the reasons we agree with their conclusion. In the meantime, all who call Old North home or have their business here can share in the credit and take a bow for this well-deserved acknowledgment.  As the Shakespeare in the Streets production of The World Begun just last week conveyed, Old North is a magical place with some one-of-a-kind characters who are passionate about their community.

If you don’t believe us, we invite you to come on by to see for yourself. And if you’d like to get in on the action and share the excitement, we’ve got an endless supply of opportunities. To learn more, stop by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office at 2700 N. 14th Street (1 block south of Crown Candy), visit us at our info booth every Saturday at North City Farmers’ Market, give us a call at 314-241-5031, or send us an email at  And, if you’re interested in helping us make more good things happen in Old North, feel free to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution online by clicking HERE or on the arrow or button below.

Thanks again to J. David Levy for allowing us to use his photos from Shakespeare in the Streets.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Critics Have Spoken: Shakespeare in the Streets Old North “the Best Ever”

It’s not always easy to get consensus in a diverse community, but there seems to be almost universal agreement that Shakespeare in the Streets Old North was a tremendous success. The reviews from community residents and professional critics have been overwhelmingly positive. The production by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis earned praise for the intelligence, sensitivity, and depth of the script; for the masterful direction of a cast that included a mix of professional and amateur actors;for the energy and talent of the acting; and everything else, from the set design that took full advantage of the architectural beauty and character of the street to the pre-show music by Renaissance Rhythm & Blues.

Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark referred to the production of “The World Begun,” Nancy Bell’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” as “a hilarious romp through the Old North neighborhood…— and the best Shakespeare in the Streets show yet.” Read the full review on by clicking HERE.

Gerry Kowarsky of HEC-TV’s “Two on the Aisle” theater review program gave his “heartiest” recommendation and asked, “How can the script by Nancy Bell be so smart, so honest, so moving, and so thoroughly enjoyable all at the same time?

Neighborhood residents and other community members were thrilled to have the essence of their community captured and conveyed in such a compelling performance. The spirit and voice of the community came through so well due to the great care taken and respect shown by the entire Shakespeare Festival St. Louis team, from Executive Director Rick Dildine to all of the staff and crew, including community engagement & education director Jennifer Wintzer, playwright Nancy Bell, director Jacqueline Thompson, production manager Tom Martin, designer Mark Wilson, streets project coordinator Kristin Rion, and so many more who deserve to be named.

The full cast included the following:

MIKE Patrick Blindauer
MALVOLIO John Bratkowski*
VIOLA Marlene René Coveyou
SEBASIAN Michael Cassidy Flynn
DUKE ORSINO Lawd Gabriel
ROBERT Robert Green
ANTONIA Tarecka “Queenie” Smith and Aniyah Wilson
OLIVIA Erin Renée Roberts
SIR TOBY BELCH Richard Schicker
MARIA Lisa Tejero*
FESTE Christoffer Ware

Congratulations to all involved!

And here’s what Shakespeare Festival St. Louis thought of the production:

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.
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,

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.


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.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Join us Fri., July 24 for our 2nd Members & Friends of ONSLRG Happy Hour

Back by popular demand - Old North St. Louis Restoration Group will be holding another Members & Friends Happy Hour on Friday, July 24th from 4-6 p.m. at our ONSLRG Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street. Whether or not you’re a current member or even if we don’t know you’re our friend yet, come on by to enjoy the company of others who’ve helped or are continuing to help ONSLRG revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.

If you missed last month’s gathering, we’ve got a few photos to show what you missed - and to give you an idea of what’s on tap for this Friday.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Start to North City Farmers’ Market’s New Season…And Read Old North Community News Online

Thank you to all who attended opening day of North City Farmers’ Market last Saturday - and we especially want to thank all who made the day a great success.

To view a full set of photos from the day, please visit the North City Farmers’ Market Facebook page by clicking HERE.

We invite all residents and friends of Old North St. Louis and nearby neighborhoods to join us every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this weekly celebration of vibrant and healthy community life, in the heart of a one-of-a-kind historic neighborhood in the midst of an exciting revitalization.

Various components of this year’s farmers’ market are funded in part by Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.


>>>>>>>>>>>Old North Community News, June 2015 Edition<<<<<<<<<<<<

If you haven’t picked up your own hard copy of our latest neighborhood newspaper - or if you live in Old North and haven’t had a chance to read the copy delivered to your front door, click HERE to download a PDF or to read it online.

If you have reason to believe that your block might have been missed by our paper distribution volunteers, let us know (send an email to or call 314-241-5031) if you’d like to have us drop off a pile of papers for you to share with your neighbors on your block - or to volunteer to help us get the next issue out.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

3 Quick Things: (1) North City Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday; (2) ONSLRG Starts 35th Year Friday; & (3) Our Newspaper is Out

Watch for a more detailed post later, but for now, please take note of the following:

Saturday, June 6 is opening day of our 2015 North City Farmers’ Market season!  Please come on out to celebrate our 9th season at any time from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., along the 2700 block of N. 14th Street, just south of St. Louis Avenue and across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen. The market will once again feature fresh, healthy, and locally-grown vegetables and fruit, other food items (including honey), crafts, children’s activities, music (with legendary DJ Ital-K on the bill for Saturday), exercise classes, nutrition education, and so much more! For more info, check out the Facebook event page by clicking HERE.

And, while you’re at the market, stop by our information table to learn more about how you can help Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrate 34 years of existence - and help us kick off the first day of ONSLRG’s 35th year!

On June 5, 1981, the Missouri Secretary of State’s office approved the incorporation of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Inc., as a not-for-profit corporation. Thirty-four years later, ONSLRG is alive, well, and still working tirelessly in pursuit of a rather ambitious mission: to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character. With an impressive, award-winning track record of visible and measurable outcomes achieved over the past 34 years, ONSLRG has big things planned for year 35 and beyond. If you’d like to help us celebrate the many years of progress with ONSLRG’s neighborhood-driven and comprehensive redevelopment strategy - and help ONSLRG continue this work into the coming year, you may consider a $35 contribution ($1 for each of the past 34 years and $1 more for the start of another year), or a $35/month recurring contribution, or even a $3,500 donation or any other amount.  Whatever works for your budget, secure, tax-deductible contributions can be made online by clicking HERE.

If dropping off a check in-person is more your style, feel free to come by the ONSLRG office on Friday the 5th (or any day after that), or you can stop by our information table at the North City Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

More details on this topic to come, as well.

Meanwhile, watch for the latest issue of the Old North Community News to show up on your doorstep very soon. If you can’t wait that long, we’d be happy to have you come on by the ONSLRG office and pick up a pile to deliver to your block.

Thank you to all who help with making Old North the dynamic, friendly, welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhood that it has become over the past 34 years!

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.)


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.


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!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It’s Give STL Day… and 4 Days until Old North House & Community Tour

Give STL Day is a 24-hour, St. Louis area-wide campaign to generate online contributions for 790 nonprofits. Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is participating again this year - and we invite you to show your support for our work revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural and urban character.  Tax-deductible contributions of any amount, from $10 to $500 - or more, if you’d like, can be made by clicking HERE up until midnight tonight.

If you want to help us sustain the achievements we’ve made in Old North in recent years, make an investment in our capacity to carry out respectful and effective community-driven neighborhood revitalization. Click HERE to support a model of community development that works!


If you’d like to see for yourself the results of previous and ongoing investments by resilient and determined neighbors and outside supporters, we invite you to join us THIS Saturday, May 9 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at our annual Old North House & Community Tour. Tickets are still available at the low advance purchase price of just $12 each by clicking HERE.

Our previous post (click HERE to see that) offered some previews of what might be seen on this year’s tour. We now offer some additional previews.

Homes that Are Still in the Process of Making a Dramatic Comeback…

Homes that Have Been Recognized with Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced” Awards…

Homes that Are Not Quite Built Yet (but coming soon!)…

Beautiful Gardens, Parks and Yards…

The Old North Little Free Library will once again be on the tour, in the shaded beauty of Wingmann Park (which is actually one of Old North's 8 community gardens). Photo used with permission from an incredibly talented photographer, Neil Das, whose work is among the art on display at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery. View more of Neil's work online at

The Old North Little Free Library will once again be on the tour, in the shaded beauty of Wingmann Park (which is actually one of Old North's 8 community gardens). Photo used with permission from an incredibly talented photographer, Neil Das, whose work is among the art on display at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery. View more of Neil's work online at

Check back on Thursday for more previews of what you’ll be able to see on Saturday. Don’t let that hold you back from getting your tickets now, though.  Click HERE to get your tickets online - and invite all of your friends, family, colleagues, and others to come on out to see what makes Old North so vibrant!


Would you like to attend for free?

Want to attend the tour without buying a ticket - and get invited to the volunteer party after the tour? All you have to do is volunteer for a shift. Sign up on our handy form today –>


But, wait, there’s more!

When you’re not taking a leisurely stroll through a community garden or admiring the architecture and design of one of the homes on the tour, be sure to spend some time visiting the Spring Fling in the City vintage market along the 2600 and 2700 blocks of North 14th Street.  Crown Square will be bustling with activity as vendors sell all sorts of vintage items - just in time for Mother’s Day! - and with food trucks, beer from Four Hands Brewery, live music, and dancing led by the Lindy Hop Dancers.  So much will be going on here that Alive Magazine offered the following advice:

“Head to Old North this weekend for a huge selection of vintage and handmade items starring several of your favorite St. Louis makers and shakers. Live music, food, sweets and drinks will be available for your shopping pleasure! “

For more details about the vendors and activities going on at Spring Fling in the City, brought to us by Parsimonia {Secondhand with Style}, visit the Facebook event page by clicking HERE.


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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