The Civic News To Know This Week

By Maggie McCarthy
In Culture

Stay updated on noteworthy civic happenings in St. Louis.

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1/ Last week, Mayor Slay appointed Patrick R. Brown as St. Louis’ chief resilience officer. St. Louis was recently named one of 100 Resilient CitiesThis initiative supports cities around the world in order to promote sustainable responses to problems of economic inequality, social discrimination, disaster relief and many other struggles faced by modern cities.

Under Brown’s leadership, The Office of Resilience will help St. Louis heal from catastrophic events, like tornadoes and floods, along with social issues like homelessness, unemployment and racial inequality. His resilience plan will come into effect over the next two years.

2/ Citygarden has become a source of community pride in Downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Foundation’s sculptural gifts to this city fixture have been commemorated between the covers of a new coffee-table-size volume entitled, “Please Touch: Sculpture for a City.”

This gorgeous publication features 23 pictures of the sculptures in Citygarden along with the 30 pieces the foundation has placed throughout the region. Also included are several insightful essays on the history and importance of public art and The Gateway Foundation. Purchase your very own copy at the gardens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 4 or shop online.

3/  St. Louis is on the upswing. According to a July 20 press release from the Mayor’s office, construction value in St. Louis’ neighborhoods and business districts reached a whopping $1 billion dollars this year. Total construction value of this fiscal year represents a variety of projects: office rehabs, new lofts, hospital construction, single and multi family residential construction along with new and rehab commercial construction. So what does this mean for the city? These new additions bring potential for new jobs, population growth and innovative businesses. It’s an exciting time to live here.

4/ The Carondelet neighborhood is taking important steps to alleviate local hunger. Their Community Betterment Federation has spearheaded the creation of a community bucket garden. Irrigation for each of the 220 buckets comes from rainwater fed through a 4100 liter positive gravity tank. The garden, located on Michigan Avenue, will provide healthy, seasonal produce to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.

5/ Almost Home, a local non-profit dedicated to empowering single mothers, is accepting applications for their third annual GRIT Awards. The awards raise funds for Almost Home’s important work and honor inspiring individuals from St. Louis. Four awards are given in these categories: athlete, entrepreneur, underdog and business. Those nominated should exhibit perseverance in the face of obstacles and success in one of the given categories. Interested in attending or nominating a hero in your life? Applications close August 1st but the celebration on November 3rd is open to the public. If you’d like to nominate someone before they applications close click the link here.

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