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What's Brewing: Arts and Culture in Old North St. Louis and St. Louis Place Neighborhood Revitalization

Exploring Issues, Connections and Opportunities for St. Louis Neighborhoods

What’s Brewing is a series of breakfast conversations to explore issues, connections, and opportunities for St. Louis area neighborhoods.  For the Fall 2018 series we will visit parts of the St. Louis area where arts and culture are integrated into community-building efforts.

We have partnered with local artists and leaders that are actively engaged in these neighborhoods to explore how arts and culture influence and impact community development. The Ville neighborhood has a rich cultural history. This community offers strong examples and lessons learned along the way about the roles that arts and culture play in community revitalization.

Join us for this breakfast conversation to explore arts and culture in community development. This session will include:

  • Brief background presentation by Dr. Todd Swanstrom of UMSL (10 min)
  • A panel discussion featuring neighborhood leaders who have played key roles in the community’s development through arts and culture (30 min) 
  • Group discussion to explore opportunities and strategies to utilize arts in neighborhood improvement  (45 min)

Date:              Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:               7:30-9:00 AM
Location:        Northside Community Housing 
4067 Lincoln Ave St. Louis, MO 63113
Registration:  The event is free. Registration is required. Click here to register 
Refreshments:  Light refreshments will be provided.


Previous Whats Brewing Sessions Explored Different St. Louis Neighborhood Types

Six-Party Typology of St. Louis Neighborhoods

If you would like to see Des Lee Professor Todd Swanstrom's presentation from previous Whats Brewings see below:

Tower Grove South - click here   

Pagedale - click here 

Bevo neighborhood - click here.


Revitalizing Older Industrial Cities:  What Can the U.S. Learn from Europe?

Thanks to all who attended our panel discussion led by visiting scholar Dr. Jörg Plöger, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development in Dortmund, Germany. The co-author of Phoenix Cities (Policy Press, 2010), Dr. Plöger has worked with the London School of Economics and the Brookings Institution researching urban recovery strategies in
European and American cities.  To download a copy of his presentation, please click here.  
Dr. Plöger was joined by a panel of local speakers:
Sandra Moore, President, Urban Strategies 
Don Roe, Director, St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency 
Bob Lewis, Principal, Development Strategies
Turin is an example of an Italian city that transformed itself from an industrial city in decline to a vibrant urban center.