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26th Ward Walkability Workshop


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program: St. Louis 26th Ward Walkability Workshop

As result of Housing & Community Solutions, Inc.'s efforts in collaboration with Alderman Frank Williamson, the 26th Ward has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award from the Office of Sustainable Communities to host a Walkability Audit/Workshop on Tuesday, May 24th. The 26th Ward was selected as 1 of 32 communities out of 354 applications nationally to receive such an award and the only community chosen in Missouri.

The Walkability Workshop and walking tour brings residents, with a passion for their neighborhood together with community groups, businesses, transportation agencies, health and safety groups, planners and others to explore their vision and ideas for what makes a healthy, safe, livable and walkable community. Dan Burden, who Time Magazine (2001) called “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world” for his work in walkability and bikability, will lead youth and senior residents and community leaders on  walking tours of some key streets and areas in the ward. Burden is part of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) and will be providing the community with a written report summarizing findings from the workshop.  Dan is experienced in conducting over 3,000 walkability audits acorss North America.

Our role: We hope that this event will be a catalyst to build on existing community efforts and spark new collaborations to help create meaningful change in the neighborhood and improve health, safety, walkability and economic vibrancy of the 26th Ward. We will bring together residents, government, and leaders in sustainable communities to promote livability and walkability in the 26th Ward.

Below is a video featuring community member Rodney Norman and a student from the Youth Learning Center.

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