Jeff Vines | St. Louis Public Radio

Jeff Vines

St. Louis Public Radio

A number of young professionals are changing St. Louis in positive ways. But these days, it’s difficult to start any conversation without talking about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the protests and police presence that remain in Ferguson.

Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Nicole Cortes felt the "pull" of Cherokee Street when she was looking for a home.

Cortes, an immigration attorney with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, said she was attracted to "the diversity and the eclectic mix of small businesses" in the south St. Louis commercial hub. She was also heartened by the area's affordable property — and demographic diversity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - The Luminary Center for the Arts is launching a capital campaign for a Cherokee Street project designed to support artists in St. Louis and around the globe.

Owners of The Luminary, a gallery, studio and exhibition space, operating in a leased South St. Louis City building since 2007, want to buy the former Globe Variety Store at 2700 Cherokee St. They plan to transform the 22,500 square foot, three-story space, one block west of the iconic Globe Drug Store, into a permanent arts incubator.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - The Luminary Center for the Arts is launching a capital campaign for a Cherokee Street project designed to support artists in St. Louis and around the globe.

Owners of The Luminary, a gallery, studio and exhibition space, operating in a leased South St. Louis City building since 2007, want to buy the former Globe Variety Store at 2700 Cherokee St. They plan to transform the 22,500 square foot, three-story space, one block west of the iconic Globe Drug Store, into a permanent arts incubator.

Love and the city

Aug 12, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 12, 2011 - With all the pens, sharpies, post-its and large sheets of paper scattered across a dozen tables where small groups busily work creating, one might think Peter Kageyama is running an art seminar as he paces the front of the room.

Of course, in a very real sense that's what he's doing. But Kageyama's canvas is a more abstract landscape than most -- a very urban and very personal one that rests somewhere at the nexus of marketing, art, civics and ... well ... love.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 8, 2011 - The St. Louis Board of Alderman passed the Del Taco bill by a vote of 15-9. Marlene Davis, who represents the area, and other aldermen repeatedly said the bill that passed is not for demolition, but to get a 10-year tax abatement plan for the development.

From here, if the owner decides to pursue demolition, he'll have to go through the Cultural Resources Board.