What people are saying about us:
“They changed the neighborhood with that project (the Winston Churchill 102 unit apartment building). In my ward they were involved in taking a 102 unit building with 300 police calls a year and helped to do a $12 million gut rehab of this historic building. I have worked with Housing and Community Solutions, Inc. and have found them to be very effective in helping move the community forward and in getting projects done….They started the ball rolling and kept the ball in play for over 18 months of problem after problem after problem to make this project happen. I believe if it wasn’t for their tenacity and skill this project would have never happened. We need more true collaborations in our community to move it forward. People working together CAN make a difference.”
(Taken from a letter of support and the alderman’s speech at the Winston Churchill Apartments ribbon cutting.)
Our work and interests in the news:
5/23-24/2011: U.S. EPA SUSTAINABLE COMMUNIITES BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAM: ST. LOUIS 26TH WARD WALKABILITY WORKSHOP
ABC News, Associated Press, "Liveability Trend Puts Walking Expert in Demand
Great Rivers Greenway, "Residents Invited to Point Out Problems in Walking to the St. Vincent Greenway
Maplewood-Brentwood Patch, "How Just Taking a Walk Can Change Your Community"
nextSTL, "Walk Audit FInds Blocked Streets, Overgrown Lots, and Missing Sidewalks in City's West End"
Next Stop, "Going for a Walking Audit: See the Streetscape from a Human Scale"
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nate Johnson, "Feet First: Civic Leader Speaks About 'Walkability'"
St. Louis Public Radio, "Foster Care/ Walkable Neighborhoods"
Sustainable St. Louis, "26th Ward Awarded EPA Sustainable Communities Building Blocks"
Urban Review STL, "'Lingering Not Loitering'--Dan Burden"
2/16/2011: This week MPR's Morning Edition is reporting on a series about "Cities in Transition." Click here for "History Hinders Diversification of Portland, Oregon," an interesting story about one of the most racially homogeneous cities in the country (80% caucasian), where young people keep flocking, even in the recession.
2/28/2011: USDA Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, spoke about food deserts in North St. Louis on St. Louis Public Radio. He cites education and availability of healthy food as keys to addressing the food desert problem. To listen to this report, click here.
2/10/11: On MPR's "St. Louis on the Air" at 11am today, there is a program on the problems caused by payday lending and efforts to outlaw it.To listen, click here. To find a podcast of the show later, click here. This fits into a larger picture of dealing with the issue of predatory lending through the St. Louis Social Compact DrillDown project.
3/1/11: St. Louis Business Journal Vol. 31. No. 27 features an article on declining new payday lending customers between 2010-2011 in correspondance with high unemployment. To view and print this article, click the folowing link