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October 28, 2015


Do our streets match out communities' values?

By Marielle Brown, AICP

Creating streets where people love to walk and people can drive quickly has not been as successful. Our experiments have resulted in cities full of larger, faster streets that are dangerous and unpleasant for people walking or driving. Our attempts to find a compromise between designing streets for driving and for walking has hit a truth that we cannot design around--as humans we do not feel comfortable and safe in a space with large things traveling at 30 miles per hour or more. 

Retrofitting our existing streets to slow the speed of cars while creating more space for people and for greenery is a relatively easy way for us to return to a city of streets where people love to be. We can help people driving to follow the speed limit through “traffic calming,” or street design that is more comfortable at slower speeds. 

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We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at
DeSales Community Housing Corporation makes Progress on Health and Housing
September was a busy month for DeSales Community Housing Corporation's health and housing initiatives. Last month, DeSales received a grant from MFH to support their community health initiative in the South Jefferson area. In addition, they moved families into a new affordable housing development, called DeSales Impact. To read more about these successes, click here.  

Neighborhood Input Sought from Ready by 21 St. Louis
Ready by 21 St. Louis, an initiative supporting youth development, is seeking input on issues concerning youth in St. Louis' neighborhoods. The group is looking for survey responses through November 4. Ready by 21 urges you to share the survey with residents in your neighborhood. To read more about their work and their survey, click here

5 Civic Leaders Take the Spotlight for 'Do Good' November
This month's edition of Alive Magazine features five groups or organizations making positive changes for the St. Louis community. The five groups include the Ferguson Commission, Better Together, the International Institute, Citizens for Modern Transit, and Rise Community Development (a CBN member). To read the full description of each group, click here

Affordable Housing is a Moral Choice (and the Numbers Prove it)
This article from CityLab describes a new "Inclusionary Calculator" that helps determine the feasibility of including some affordable housing in residential developments. The calculator was developed by the Cornerstone Partnership. To view the CityLab article on this new tool, click here.  


City of St. Louis Public Hearing for Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan
The City of St. Louis CDA is holding a public hearing tomorrow, October 29, at 5:30 pm. The public hearing is to review the 2016 Annual Action Plan which sets priorities for CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA programs. For more information on this hearing, click here

Focus on Public Policy and Administration: Minimum Wage
This Friday, October 30, the Public Policy Administration Department at UMSL is hosting this program on the minimum wage debate in St. Louis. The program begins at 11:30 and runs to 1:30pm. This is event is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information, click here

Radical Reconciliation: The Beloved Community Conference 2015
Starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, November, 1, St. John's Church will host this conference for local organizations and churches interested in learning about tools and best practices for social and economic justice work. To view more information about this conference, click here

On Thursday November 19, the St. Charles GIS User Group and Lindenwood University are hosting GIS Day. This will be an opportunity to explore how GIS is used and how to learn more about the mapping program. For more information, click here

What's Brewing? West End
Join Creating Whole Communities on December 10 for the next session of the What's Brewing? series. This session will feature the emerging neighborhood, the West End. For more information and to register, click here


Affordable Housing & Mixed Income Community Management
Registration is open for this professional course until December 22. The course is hosted by the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and will run from January 4 through January 8. For more information and to register, click here.  

Building an Effective Fundraising Organization
Between January 22 and September 23 of 2016, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a CEO seminar series on how to build an effective fundraising organizations. This seminar series is intended for organizations with annual revenues between $500,000 and $2 million. For more information, click here.

Economic Development Certificate
The University of Missouri St. Louis School of Public Policy and Administration along with other partners is offering a Chancellor's Certificate in the Fundamentals of Economic Development from January-March of 2016. For more information, click here.  


October 28
More Than Hot Air: Southside Aerials Inaugural Photo Exhibit and Open House

October 30
Old North Friends and Members Happy Hour

November 5
Rise Young Professionals Happy Hour

November 7
Images of Grace Gala

November 12
Incarnate Word Foundation's Marketplace of Ideas

November 14
Our Money Matters - The Musical

2015 SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

November 17
Mary McHugh Citizens of Character Dinner (RSVP by November 6)

Through December 23
Images of Grace at the RAC

The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

In this week's edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we share two maps on pedestrian crashes from 2009 through 2013. To view this map, click here. To view maps from previous editions, click here



The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

CCHD Community Development Grants
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced the availability of grant dollars for community development projects and organizations addressing poverty. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Pre-applications will be accepted until November 1. For more information, click here.
Data Management Coordinator
Rise Community Development is seeking a Data Management Coordinator to manage, analyze and present data related to the St. Louis region and Rise's community work. For more information on this position, click here 

Chief Resilience Officer
After being selected as a Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient City, the City of St. Louis is seeking a Chief Resilience Officer to develop a Resilience Strategy. To read more about this position and to apply, click here.

Government Affairs Manager
Beyond Housing is seeking a Government Affairs Manager to manage and maintain the organization's relationships with the various governmental entities within its footprint. For more information on this position, click here.
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Robert D. Putnam is a Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This spring, he released his latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In his book, Putnam writes about children who only reach the bottom levels of educational attainment (i.e. with a high school degree or less), and that they tend to do worse over time. Putnam writes that much of this has to do with living in neighborhoods that have become increasingly isolated and low opportunity. To find more information about his book, click here.
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