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Camp creator Michael Ford with a camper in May 2017.
The HipHop Architecture Camp

About 2 percent of architects in the U.S. are African-American. That’s a statistic Michael Ford wants to change by inspiring young people to think of new ways to solve urban development problems that segregate and marginalize low-income communities.

Ford wants to achieve this goal using  hip-hop music and culture. He created The Hip-Hop Architecture Camp in 2017.

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For the next year, a series of forums will examine the issue of regional collaboration. The Construction Forum St. Louis’ directors aim to discuss what has and hasn’t worked to revitalize a city of St. Louis and St. Louis County merger. The first of the forums featured urban policy expert David Rusk, former Wilson and Brookings Scholar and the previous mayor of Albuquerque.

Vacant buildings owned by the Land Reutilization Authority in the 4000 block of Evans Avenue. February 2017.
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St. Louis’ Land Reutilization Authority has nearly 12,000 parcels of vacant land and buildings and just eight and half employees.

That’s far below the ratio of employees to property in other cities, according to a year-long assessment of the LRA released on Thursday. Urban planning firm Asakura Robinson, which conducted the yearlong study, recommends the agency hire four more employees in the next one to three years.

'A communal vision' for Grand Center

Nov 18, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18, 2011 - A 17-year resident of Grand Center, David Burnett has witnessed many changes in the district such as the imploding of the Beaumont Medical Building for the Contemporary Art Museum to the renovation of the old Woolworth's building to Big Brothers Big Sisters and, most recently, the opening of the new Grand Center Arts Academy.

The district may have even bigger changes coming as architect Donald Stastny works to incorporate the idea of community into St. Louis' major arts and entertainment district to set the stage for new development. On Thursday, Nov. 17, Stastny unveiled the Grand Center Framework Plan, a communal vision for the future development of Grand Center, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.