Residents are the foundation on which communities and neighborhoods are built. When citizens get engaged in designing the future of their community, neighbors not only have ownership over what happens to their community but also help community building nonprofits, government, business, and philanthropy invest according to residents’ priorities. We hope you will get engaged in neighborhood change and reach out to a community building nonprofit in your area. Below you will find news and stories about resident engaged community improvement.


Policy Briefs: St. Louis City April 4, 2017 General Municipal Election

Need more information about some of the issues that appear on the ballot in St. Louis City’s General Municipal Election on April 4? Take a look at our two policy briefs below.      

Legal Assistance Available from Grace Hill

Grace Hill Settlement House hosts volunteers from Husch Blackwell to provide families with legal assistance on the third Thursday of every month. Sessions are held from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm at Grace Hill’s Water Tower Hub (2125 Bissell Street). Residents interested […]

Near North Side St. Louis Choice Neighborhoods January Meetings

The Near North Side St. Louis Choice Neighborhoods is continuing regular meetings for planning and information throughout the month of January. For more information on upcoming meetings, click  on the links below. January Calendar 2016 PDF Community Stakeholder Update PDF

Near North Side STL Choice Youth Council

The Near North Side St. Louis Choice Initiative is starting a new youth council. The council’s first meeting will be held Monday, August 24, at the Flance Early Learning Center. For more information, see the attached PDF by clicking the […]

Candlelight Dinner in the Garden

On August 22, Community Renewal and Development, Inc. and Mid-America Transplant Services are hosting a “Candlelight Dinner in the Garden” at the community garden at 2901 Dayton Street. RSVP by Friday August 14 to attend. For more information, see the […]

St. Louis County Office of Community Development

St. Louis County’s Office of Community Development is hosting a public meeting on September 2 on the development of their Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2016-2020. To see a PDF with more information about this hearing, click on the link below. […]

The Racial Makeup of St. Louis Neighborhoods from 1970 to 2010: What has changed and what has not

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant The  recent US Supreme Court ruling on the use of disparate impact claims has attracted attention to the persistence of racial segregation in cities throughout the country. Shortly following this ruling, the Obama […]

Proposed Stadium Plans Would Destroy Several Historic Buildings On the National Register

The proposed plan for the new Rams stadium on the riverfront north of downtown St. Louis would demolish four buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In response, architectural historians and neighborhood preservationists are raising their concerns and even […]

CAASTL Home Health and Energy Resource Fair

The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTL) is hosting the Home, Health, and Energy Resource Fair Saturday, June 20th at the Greater Grace Church on 3690 Pershall Road in Ferguson. For more information, click on the image below.

‘Get to Know M.E.’ Campaign Celebrates Metro East Community

A new collaborative effort of 23 businesses and organizations is working to improve the image of communities in the Metro East by raising awareness of its assets. St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh interviewed Carol Bartle of “Get to Know […]

Near North Side Saint Louis Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative Events this Week

The Near North Side St. Louis Choice Neighborhood Planning initiative is hosting four events this week and next related to the development of their community plans. Three separate working groups will meet to discuss and develop comprehensive and inclusive community […]

Whitaker Urban Evening Concert Series

Grace Hill Settlement House and Affina Healthcare are presenting the Whitaker Urban Evening Concert series this summer on Thursdays from June 4 through July 16. This concert series will take place at St. Louis Place Park and is free and […]

Neighborhood Poverty and Quality in the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

The Cleveland Federal Reserve recently released a report on the effects of racial segregation on neighborhood quality. Their research examines five cities that took part in HUD’s pilot program Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing (MTO) during the 1990s. This […]

Women’s Group Works To Keep Thriving Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood Diverse

The Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood has seen a development surge in recent years, with new businesses and housing units in and surrounding the Grove district. Voices of Women, or VOW, a recently formed nonprofit, is working with Urban Improvement Construction […]

TGNCDC Receives Grant To Advance Energy Efficiency

Last month, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC was awarded a grant from the Energy Foundation to improve energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing. In receiving this grant, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC will take part in a statewide effort to reduce burden […]

Energy Efficiency Savings Not Reaching Low-Income Households

Last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that energy efficient savings are generally not realized in low-income households. The article notes that owners of multifamily housing units have no incentive to increase the energy efficiency of their units because tenants […]

St. Louis Alderman: People Want to See More than Resignations

Scott Simon of NPR interviewed St. Louis Alderman Antonio French this past weekend on the necessary changes in light of Ferguson and the recent Department of Justice report. In the interview, French points out there is a need to build […]

6 Months After Protests, Ferguson Businesses on Path to Rebuild

In case you missed it, NPR aired this story on the aftermath of Ferguson six months later. The story features the perspective of several members of the Ferguson community. To hear this story, click here.

Board of Aldermen Approves Use of Eminent Domain For Possible New NGA Site

Last Friday, St. Louis City’s Board of Alderman approved the potential use of eminent domain to make way for a new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) headquarters by a 17 to 11 vote. The site of the proposed new NGA […]

Community Group Hopes To Bridge Racial And Economic Divides In Ferguson

“One Ferguson” is a new organization with aspirations to become a think tank for building and strengthening community. The organization has already presented some of their ideas to local governments, and they are hoping to attract new members. For more […]

Voices From Old North St. Louis: The Area Continues To Grow

New developments are taking place in the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood, including several initiatives by Washington University’s Sustainable Land Lab program, new businesses, and continued efforts by the Old North Restoration Group. To read the full story, click here.

Panel Of Police And Activists Have Civil And Emotional Discussion On Improving Relationships

Last weekend a panel of community activists and St. Louis County and Metropolitan Police Officers met for a panel discussion on improving current police and community relationships in North County. The discussion was held at the Greater St. Marks Family […]

Bringing Down The ‘Delmar Divide’ With Letters

A local artist recently set up the “Wailing Wall” at Delmar and Walton Avenue. The structure was installed for people to submit notes on the “Delmar Divide.” For the full story, click here.

Help For The Most Affected Ferguson Neighborhoods Is Pouring In

Residents, churches, community organizations, and businesses are joining together to support the communities hardest hit by the recent events in Ferguson. For the full story click here.

This Is Ferguson: Residents And Business Owners Tell Us About Their City

In this article from St. Louis Public Radion, local business owners, urban farmers, and Ferguson residents share why, in spite of negative coverage on national news, they are “Ferguson Proud.” For the full story, click here.

Documentary Exploring “White Flight” in Spanish Lake showing at the Historic Tivoli theater

Phillip Andrew Morton, directed a documentary on the population shift in the Spanish Lake area, a community located in North St. Louis County. The documentary surveys the last three decades of population change in this suburban area.  For the full […]

2014 Spring Residential Development Grant Winners Announced

The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration released its 2014 Residential Development awardees.   For a complete list of awardees click here.

Build For STL

The National Day of Civic Hacking ( ) is a White House initiative to promote the use of science and technology to solve civic problems. The weekend of May 30-June 1, cities all across the country will host Hackathons, block parties, […]

The City of St. Louis Seeks input from residents for the 2015-19 Consolidated plan

The 2015-19 Consolidated planning process is underway and the City of St. Louis is seeking input from residents on how to invest up to $100 million over the next five years.  For more information and meeting schedule, click here.

Trailnet to host community meetings for new sustainability project

Trailnet to host a series of community meetings for its Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis project. These meetings will provide information on upcoming projects to increase walkability, bikeability and sustainability in communities throughout the St. Louis region.  For the full story and […]

Breaking the Zip Code Connection to Health

Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor in the Brown School at Washington University.  He is lead investigator on For the Sake of All: A Report on the Health and Well-Being of African Americans.   Despite the exciting […]

Neighborhood Grocery Store Closes, Threat of Food Desert Looms

Schnucks grocery store on N. Grand Ave is scheduled to close on May 10th, leaving area residents with fewer options for fresh, healthly foods.  For the full story click here.

Creating Strong Communities For All in St. Louis County: What Can Be Done At The Local Level?

  SAVE THE DATE Please mark your calendars and join us for the first Imagining Tomorrow for St. Louis County Policy Forum Creating Strong Communities For All in St. Louis County: What Can Be Done At The Local Level? Speakers: […]

St. Vincent Greenway Opens Extension with Jazz on the Greenway

Great Rivers Greenway renovated the Ruth Porter Park as part of an extension of the St. Vincent Greenway trail creating more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. The grand opening was kicked off with Jazz on the Greenway festival hosted by St. […]

Beyond Housing Dedicated to Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods

A resident in the City of Pawn Lawn experienced, first hand, the dedication Beyond Housing has to rebuilding urban neighborhoods.  To read the full story  click here.