community development

Public Art Matters
9:22 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

How Murals Help Define, Strengthen St. Louis And The People Who Live Here

Dragon mural in progress in the Grove
Provided by the artist

Fifteen years ago, the area of St. Louis now known as The Grove was a place many people avoided.

“It was ‘Roll up your window and drive really fast,’” muralist Grace McCammond remembered.

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Community Art Engagement
3:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City

De Andrea Nichols
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that could happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement.

Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker who’s the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of her own nonprofit, Catalysts by Design. Sometimes the twain does meet.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Outgoing FOCUS St. Louis Director Says St. Louis Is Beginning To Think As A Region

Christine Chadwick, founding executive director of FOCUS St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy FOCUS St. Louis

After 18 years at the helm, Christine Chadwick is stepping down from her role as executive director of FOCUS St. Louis at the end of June. She has led the organization since 1996, when it was formed out of the merging of two nonprofits, Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis and Confluence St. Louis.

Today on St. Louis on the Air she spoke about the mission of FOCUS St. Louis, its role in the region and what she plans to do next.

Next Steps

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St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Beyond Housing’s Chris Krehmeyer On The Challenges And Opportunities Of Community Development

Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of Beyond Housing.

Over the years, Beyond Housing’s Chris Krehmeyer has appeared on St. Louis on the Air to discuss issues ranging from poverty to home ownership to health and the economy. Most recently, he came to the studio to discuss Beyond Housing’s work with the Normandy School District, a project called the 24:1 Initiative.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What Would St. Louis Look Like With A Population Of 500,000?

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Local architect Dan Jay is conducting a thought experiment: What would the city of St. Louis look like if it regained a population of 500,000? (That would mean an increase of 185,000 residents).

After decades of population decline in the city, Jay wants to think big about what a population increase would look like—and what it would take to get there.

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St. Louis On the Air
11:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Discussion: What Makes A Neighborhood A Community?

The Old North Neighborhood today
Courtesy of the Old North Restoration Group

As the population of St. Louis began to shift away from the city’s core in the 1970s, many of the city’s older neighborhoods entered a state of decline. But now, thanks in part to a renewed interest in the city’s older neighborhoods, many are experiencing renewal.

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Urban Development
2:36 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Market Values Analysis Could Provide Roadmap For Development Funds

The market value analysis looks at a broad range of issues in St. Louis' real estate market, include the range of home sales prices.
(courtesy of Housing and Urban Development department)

City officials are bullish about a comprehensive data analysis aimed at providing guidance to steer money more strategically for housing and community development programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a "market value analysis" of the city of St. Louis. It’s a snapshot that provides detailed information about foreclosures, housing prices, construction permits and commercial development around the city.

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Politics & Issues
5:24 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Discussion: The Role Of Civic Engagement In Missouri

Credit (via Facebook/The Bridge St. Louis)

Original article published Saturday, January 18, 2013

Missourians are more likely to volunteer and to do favors for a neighbor than the average American. But their level of civic engagement depends greatly on their circumstances.

A new report on the state’s civic health, issued by six Missouri universities and the National Conference on Citizenship, found that Missouri largely aligns with the rest of the nation on community involvement.

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On the Trail
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding

Credit Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.

But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

On The Trail: New Block Grant Process Shifted Power, Stirred Tensions

Credit Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

When St. Louis changed how it divided out community development block grants, it marked a major sea change in how St. Louis government functions -- shifting power toward the mayor's administrative umbrella and away from individual aldermen.

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