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A man crosses the street in Dutchtown on November 22, 2019.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The Dutchtown neighborhood, in southeast St. Louis, has seen anti-violence initiatives come and go over the years.

Now it’s one of three neighborhoods selected for a nationally known program called Cure Violence. As its name suggests, Cure Violence treats violent crime such as shootings and homicides as a disease that can be cured with the right intervention.

In Dutchtown, there’s a sense of cautious hope that the latest initiative might make a difference in a neighborhood that’s seen 13 people killed and more than 130 shot this year alone.

Ameren Missouri plans to invest $5 billion to improve the statewide electrical grid.
Ameren Missouri

For Caya Aufiero, a power outage is more than an inconvenience.

When one occurs, business at Urban Eats — a restaurant she co-owns in Dutchtown — can come to a standstill.

“You have to close your doors and write your business off for the day,” said Aufiero. “It’s painful, very painful.”

Across St. Louis, such outages are becoming increasingly common as underground wiring installed nearly a century ago deteriorates. Ameren Missouri is spending billions of dollars to upgrade the state’s electrical grid, fixes that will include repairing lines.

Volunteers at a previous cleanup event organized by Dutchtown South Community Corporation with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Provided by Dutchtown South Community Corporation

Four neighborhoods in south St. Louis could look a lot cleaner in the next couple years, thanks to new local efforts to address illegal dumping.

The "So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative Southside St. Louis" project, initiated by the Dutchtown South Community Corporation, recently received a $120,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The two-year grant will fund efforts to educate residents on how to report illegal dumping, which is common in the neighborhoods of Dutchtown, Marine Villa, Gravois Park and Mount Pleasant. DSCC is working with the nonprofit group Brightside St. Louis to help with cleanup and education efforts.

Gina Alvarez elaborates on her work with VSA Missouri and Living Arts
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The publication All the Art continues to try and fill voids they see in the St. Louis art scene. This weekend they tried to bridge the gap between art makers and organizations that show art. 

Richard Reilly

If you took a drive this fall in Old North, along Delmar near Union, or in Dutchtown near Virginia and Liberty streets, you’ve probably seen vast fields of sunflowers waving at you as you pass by. Who is behind these projects to brighten up vacant lots across St. Louis?

Traffic changes aim to make streets safer for exercise

Oct 11, 2015
Davion Thompson, 14, clocks the speed of cars passing the intersection of Gasconade Street and Compton Avenue Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 during Trailnet's traffic calming demo.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Brightly-colored tires simulating flower beds popped-up along a two-block stretch of Gasconade Street Saturday in the Dutchtown neighborhood of south St. Louis.

Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group Trailnet set the tires up to block the corners of intersections leading up to Marquette Park, shortening the distance people crossing the road were exposed to traffic. Other tires formed a zig-zag route for drivers to navigate.

Girl Unintended Victim Of Shooting in Dutchtown

Mar 29, 2013
Flickr | alancleaver_2000

A 4-year-old St. Louis girl is hospitalized in serious condition after being the victim of a drive-by shooting.

The shooting happened Thursday night in the city's Dutchtown neighborhood. Police say the girl was not the intended target. She was shot in the shoulder.

The girl and her mother were visiting a home and were outside when a car drove by. A shot was fired from the passing car, apparently intended for someone standing in a group nearby.
 
No arrests have been made but authorities say they are working leads in the case.
 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 18, 2010 - Dutchtown got its name -- and its start -- as a center of German (or Deutsch) immigrants. Now, this "scrubby Dutch" south St. Louis neighborhood, bound by Chippewa, Jefferson, Meramec, Virginia and Walsh, is becoming home to a new generation of immigrants from points all around the globe. In the process, a once declining neighborhood is poised for revitalization.