Gravois-Jefferson: A Collective Vision On The South Side

APA Missouri Chapter


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST

Saint Louis, MO, United States

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The Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Planning process gives residents a say in how their neighborhood will look for years to come. This effort, undertaken by Rise Community Development in partnership with Dutchtown South Community Corporation, aims to gather input to produce a single community plan that will cover the area bordered by Jefferson to the east, Gravois and Grand to the west, and Meramec to the south. It encompasses Benton Park West, Gravois Park, and a northern portion of Dutchtown.

Working with elected officials as well as the City of St. Louis Planning department, the final plan will be incorporated into the city’s overall plan, as a tool to help drive investment in the neighborhood for years to come.  The process is driven by a steering committee of identified community leaders who guide how we move forward with this process.

Over the next nine to twelve months, residents and other stakeholders in the area will be engaged to look at economic development, racial disparity, land use issues, social services, environmental concerns, transportation (including pedestrian and bicycle networks), housing, educational opportunities, community health, parks and open spaces, and much more.  The bulk of the community planning work will be done through an open public engagement process using a combination of focus groups, public roundtables, design workshops or charrettes, and open houses.

This session will give an overview of the project and planning process.  Attendees will learn how to conduct robust public engagement and how citizen input can be used to benefit neighborhood plans.  Attendees will also learn about the "social justice" aspect that makes this planning effort unique.

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Brian Hurd

Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brian has been with Rise since 2003. He is the Technical Assistance Program Manager providing organizational capacity building and management, training along with housing development consulting services to nonprofit organizations, financial institutions and government partners. Additionally, he serves as a field instructor for Washington University ... Read More

John Cruz

John joined Rise in 2015. As the Data Management Coordinator, he uses geospatial and census data to tell a visual story of what is happening with land use in the St. Louis region while also tracking neighborhood change indicators. As an intermediary between data sources and human consumption, John aides ... Read More

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