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Old North St. Louis 2008 House and Community Tour on Saturday, May 10th

May 9, 2008 North City 3 Comments

My favorite former neighbor is showing off Saturday:

Join us for the Old North St. Louis 2008 House and Community Tour on Saturday, May 10th.  Ten homes and community gardens will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.   You can also get a sneak-peek at the current redevelopment of the former 14th Street Mall.

Come see why Focus St. Louis declared Old North St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region,” why St. Louis Magazine says Old North St. Louis is “one of St. Louis’ most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods,” and why Alive Magazine listed Old North St. Louis as one of “St. Louis’ Most Influential People, Places and Ideas of 2008.”

Visitors will be able to walk between the homes and gardens on the tour at their own pace or use the free “trolley” shuttle service.  With homes built over a span of 150 years – from the mid-19th Century to this year – the Old North St. Louis House Tour offers an opportunity to view a range of different housing styles.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 on our website at www.onsl.org or for $12 the day of the event.  Advance ticket orders will be available for pick-up at the registration area on the day of the tour, which will be on the south side of the intersection of 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, at the edge of the former 14th Street Mall.

Your ticket includes a program and FREE ice cream cone from landmark Crown Candy located across the street from the neighborhood office. They may be purchased the day of the tour or in advance. If you purchase in advance, the tickets will be waiting to be picked up at the registration booth on the day of the tour.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the ongoing neighborhood improvement efforts of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  ONSLRG is a 27-year-old neighborhood association committed to restoring and developing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood in a manner that respects its historic, cultural, and urban character.

For more information, call the Old North St. Louis Restoration office at 314-241-5031.

When I moved to Old North in 1991I was sure it would take off any minute.  It has taken a few longer but this area just North of downtown is really taking off now.


Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Richard Kenney says:

    Steve, I’m surprised you have not written about the redevelopment of the 14th Street shopping area (excuse me if you have indeed written about it and I missed that blog). What’s your opinion of the development plan? Having recently driven through that area for the first time in a few years, I personally find it to be more shocking and blighted than ever. Glad to hear it’s coming around, but I certainly don’t see it…as a matter of fact, fire and gravity continues to take a huge toll. I can’t exactly imagine Restoration Hardware is chomping at the bit for one of the retail spaces. Is the developer thinking that this is a huge shot of steroids that will launch the rebirth of the area?

  2. Richard,

    I’m sorry that Old North gave you a bad impression. Unfortunately, we are dealing with many vacant buildings and lots owned by Paul McKee, who won’t maintain or sell these properties. McKee owns many properties adjacent to the 14th Street project that look terrible. Many of us suspect that the condition of these properties is designed to give Old North a bad look so that the developer has leverage with our neighborhood when he makes his big development move.

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