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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Community Development Rocks! 3 Reasons to Go to Benefit Concert for ONSLRG on Sat., Nov. 2

November 2 is right around the corner, so get your tickets now for the Community Development Rocks! benefit concert featuring the critically acclaimed band, Five Eight, and the locally loved band, Last to Show First to Go.  Proceeds from this benefit will help Old North St. Louis Restoration Group continue the good work of revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.

If you’re wondering why you should buy as many tickets as you can afford for the Nov. 2 concert, we offer a few reasons to think about:

(1) Great music

According to NPR’s All Songs Considered, Five Eight is one of the top five bands that should be way bigger than they are.  St. Louis fans of Five Eight - and many who are just getting to know them - are excited about the rare opportunity to see the indie rock veterans in the Gateway City.  The band has agreed to travel all the way from Athens, Georgia, to perform at this benefit for ONSLRG.

Although Last to Show First to Go is a local band - which means you may have seen them before and likely will get many other opportunities to see them - it’s worth pointing out to those unfamiliar with them how good they are.  Here’s one review by Annie-Rose Fondaw on KDHX:

“On first listen, Last to Show First to Go appears to have its roots down in the landscape of heartland rock ‘n’ roll. Lead singer Bredon Jones’ earnest, earthy vocals lie simply against a backdrop of acoustic guitar, drums and vocal harmonies, all bolstered by a double bass. Yet as each song unfolds, it’s clear that Last to Show First to Go has a flair for genre-bending. From Jay Lewis’ rippling cello arpeggios to Miriam Keller’s jazz-infused trumpet, the band embraces a wide variety of sounds and textures. And lo and behold, they pull it off. What could easily veer into a trite modernization of the down-home Americana genre instead becomes a singular, engaging sound.”

(2) A Really Cool Venue

Plush, located at 3224 Locust between Compton and Grand, has earned a reputation as one of the hippest, hottest, coolest (or whatever term you’d use for the highest level of a positive experience) venues for food, drink, and live music in St. Louis.  One recent review on Yelp described Plush as “as good at it gets,” while a review in the Riverfrtont Times last year was headlined, “Plush is the most ambitious drinking, dining and dance establishment St. Louis has seen in a decade.”  Get your tickets now to check out Plush in person on Saturday, Nov. 2.  And, if you can get there for dinner before the concert, be sure to mention that you’re there for the Community Development Rocks! concert to get a special deal on the meal.

The photo above is by Kate McDonald from St. Louis Magazine’s 2012 “A List” issue, which included Plush among their “Night Life” awards in the “Dinner and Dance” category.

(3) And, of course, a chance to support a Great Cause

When you support ONSLRG, you support the cause of urban core revitalization implemented in a manner that respects the community that lives there.  The best way to respect the community is to pursue their vision and to involve them in the process of making that vision a reality.  That’s what ONSLRG has been doing since it was created by residents of Old North in 1981.  Everything ONSLRG does is rooted in a desire expressed by community residents.  That’s why ONSLRG has taken on…

the preservation of historic properties - from small, single-family homes to to multi-family, rental buildings to large, institutional buildings, such as the Mullanphy Emigrant Home…

coordinating a farmers’ market in the heart of Old North since 2007 to bring healthy & affordable foods to the neighborhood…

Hosting theater, film, photography exhibits, and other arts programming…

Beautifying Old North through tree-planting, community gardens, supporting other green investments, and regular neighborhood-wide clean-up days

Improving neighborhood safety by establishing a police substation at Crown Square, hosting neighborhood watch trainings, and coordinating implementation of the City’s “Neighborhood Ownership Model”…

Bringing residents together regularly to plan, discuss, and review ideas or proposals for development in Old North…

Plus, all sorts of community-building social events, and so much more!

In addition to supporting ONSLRG by buying concert tickets, you can also buy raffle tickets at the concert or before!  ONSLRG’s tireless intern, Chris Umbertino, has lined up some phenomenal prizes for a raffle drawing that will take place at the concert.  See the flyer below for details.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the concert, but you can also purchase them in advance - either in person at the ONSLRG office or online. Just follow the link below for online contributions - and make a contribution along WITH a note in the comments/special instructions or other notes section to alert us that the purpose is for raffle tickets in your name.

We’d love to get as many people out to Plush on November 2 as we can get to support ONSLRG and to show our appreciation for the generosity of Five Eight, Last to Show First to Go, and Plush; and we’d love it if you could purchase a large pile of raffle tickets as a way of letting the prize donors know their contributions were worth it.  However, we also are willing to accept good, old-fashioned direct contributions straight to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  We can accept contributions in whatever form you’d like to send us:  cash (please not through the mail, though); checks (which can be dropped off at our office or sent by mail to 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106); or by credit or debit card - either in person at our office or online via PayPal by clicking HERE now or by clicking on the image below.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Old North Neighborhood Open Meeting Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by missriverbridge photos
Photo by missriverbridge photos

Please join us this Thursday, January 31, for the Old North Neighborhood Open Meeting.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street.

Speakers include:

  • A representative from MODOT to discuss how the new Mississippi River bridge and work on Interstate 70 will affect the neighborhood / traffic patterns;

    The new westbound I-70 exit at Madison opened this week.

    The new westbound I-70 exit at Madison opened this week.

  • A representative from the Heartland Conservancy to discuss the Mounds Heritage Trail;
  • Officer Wozniak of the 5th Police District to discuss the Neighborhood Ownership Model and other safety issues;
As the flyer says, “Everyone is welcome!”  Please help us spread the word, and invite your neighbors to join you.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Nov. 9 Edition of ONSLRG eNewsletter Is Out

The Nov. 9 edition of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group e-Newsletter has been sent out to all of our subscribers.  If you didn’t get it in your email, click HERE to view the web-version.

This edition includes brief updates on :

  • the Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates’ 3rd annual art exhibit at the ONSLRG Gallery (showing now through Dec. 2);
  • Great Rivers Greenway’s open house at ONSLRG to show off plans for Branch Street improvements and the Trestle conversion to an elevated hiking and biking trail;
  • information presented at the Oct. 25 Old North Neighborhood Open Meeting, including presentations on a proposed dog park for Old North and a sustainability-focused charter school;
  • ONSLRG’s Winter Craft Market, scheduled for Dec. 1;
  • Halloween in Old North;
  • Plans for a makeover of the Crown Square corner plaza at N. 14th and St. Louis Avenue;
  • the Sustainable Land Lab Competition for creative uses of vacant lots in Old North;
  • Links to the draft of the City’s Sustainability Plan for public comment;
  • Recent volunteer support, including students from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension;
  • and various upcoming events and programs related to neighborhood issues.
Whether you got this e-Newsletter in the mail or via the link right here, please forward to others who care about Old North and/or print out a copy to share with your neighbors who aren’t Internet-connected.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Picnic at the Iron Horse Trestle Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m.

The conversion of the Iron Horse Trestle into an elevated hiking and cycling trail in the southeast corner of Old North Saint Louis will be a great recreational amenity for Old North residents and will attract visitors from well outside the neighborhood.  On Thursday night at 7 p.m., residents and friends of Old North will get a chance to learn more about the project and explore the trestle in person.   City Affair Saint Louis, “a forum for sharing ideas about the future of the St. Louis urban environment,” will host a picnic and discussion about plans for the redevelopment of the Iron Horse Trestle.  The gathering starts at 7 p.m. at Hadley & Howard and includes a walking tour of the trestle at 7:45 p.m.

Here’s how the City Affair blog describes the event:

For more information about the Trestle project, visit the Great Rivers Greenway page on the project.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch carried a story about the plans for the picnic (click here to read the online version) - and kindly repeated City Affairs’ encouragement that picnic-goers stop by the Old North Grocery Co-op to purchase their picnic supplies on the way to the event.

The image below and at the top of this post are courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Branch Street Improvements & Iron Horse Trestle Plans Will Be Discussed at Meeting Thursday

Your ideas and feedback are requested as part of the planning process for improving the access to the Riverfront Trail from Old North along Branch Street.  The first public meeting and visioning session for this project will take place on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office and gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street.

As noted on the flyer, staff from Great Rivers Greenway will be on hand to provide an update on the plans for developing the Iron Horse Trestle into an elevated hiking and biking path from Old North to the Riverfront Trail.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Iron Horse Trestle Meeting Recap

Great Rivers Greenway held a public meeting last Thursday seeking input from residents of St. Louis for the proposed conversion of the Iron Horse Trestle into an elevated hiking and biking trail. The Iron Horse Trestle is a long-abandoned railroad bridge that crosses Interstate 70 and enters Old North St. Louis at 11th and Tyler.

Some of the ideas presented included separate bike and walking paths, using the trestle to generate its own power for lighting, green roofs on adjacent buildings, and restoring native vegetation on ground level portions. Plans also include areas for observation and markers with information about the area. The trestle will connect to the North Riverfront Trail as well as the McKinley Bridge. The bridge connection is currently being rebuilt and will open soon.

A few more images are available here, courtesy of Steve Patterson.

Some of the participants awaiting the presentation

One of the boards displaying some of the possibilities

Design Possibilities. Courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway.

Design Possibilities. Courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway.
Saturday, October 20, 2007

Public Meeting on Iron Horse Trestle

Great Rivers Greenway is hosting a public meeting for comment and discussion of the Iron Horse Trestle project that starts, or ends depending on your perspective, in the southern part of the neighborhood. It is planned for Thursday October 25, 5:00-7:30pm at Confluence Academy, 3017 North 13th St., St. Louis 63107. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

5:00-6:00pm open house
6:00-6:30pm presentation about the project
6:30-7:30pm break-out sessions

The public forum will be an open house format at which attendees will be able to walk around at their leisure to view maps and information outlining the project scope and design opportunities, and talk to consultants one-on-one. Members of the consulting team will present an overview of the project summarizing the information followed by break out sessions to gather comments and feedback.

This trestle project is going to be one of only three reuses of this type in the world and has the potential to be an incredible neighborhood asset. Come to the meeting to share your thoughts and ideas for this great project.

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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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