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Hear us out: City residents voice concerns about their neighborhoods

The Listening Project

We’re listening to the conversations going on around St. Louis.

The Listening Project reaches into the community to discuss the recommendations coming out of a study known as For the Sake of All. It provides research on health, education and economic disparities between the African American and white communities in St. Louis city and county.

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Craig Sleet talks about the challenge of buying groceries in his neighborhood.

As part of this effort, we talked recently with participants in Connections to Success, an organization dedicated to helping residents "break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources and a plan." We talked to participants who were taking a class called Personal Professional Development to prepare for employment.

Craig Sleet lives in what has come to be called a “food desert." He has to take a bus to the store from his residence in north St. Louis, which requires him to spend extra money.

Sleet elaborates:

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Quincy Sistrunk longs for the days where kids had a place to play and learn in his neighborhood.

Quincy Sistrunk’s neighborhood in north city was a lot different when he was growing up. He remembers people gathering on the playgrounds of neighborhood schools on warm summer evenings, kids playing pick up games at community centers and neighbors watching out for each others’ kids.

Sistrunk’s neighborhood is a lot quieter now:

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Quincy talks about how his neighborhood used to be.

India Brown and others talk about the financial challenges of having access to community centers.
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India Brown talks about the need for community programs

India Brown has had challenges gaining access to community centers. She talks with others in the group about wanting programs that bring people together, and provide resources. It’s not that they don’t exist, but they come at a price that is out of reach for many.

She and others in the group elaborate:

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India Brown and others talk about the lack of free community centers in their neighborhoods.

If your group would like to convene a discussion of the research and recommendations of For Sake of All, please email us at: listeningproject@stllpublicradio.org

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