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City Talk: Cortex 2.0, Monday, October 22

October 15, 2012 in Central West End, City talk, cortex, Development, Forest Park Southeast, joe roddy, saint louis, st louis by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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Come join us for City Talk: CORTEX 2.0
When: October 22, 2012 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: CORTEX, 4320 Forest Park Ave
As neighbors of St. Louis’ premier technology business district, CORTEX and 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy invite you to an interactive session to discuss the next stages of district growth.

Five premier educational and research institutions joined forces to create CORTEX, a not-for-profit organization. With their initiative and ever-expanding community support, CORTEX is destined to become the regional and national hub for life sciences research, development and commercialization. Located between Forest Park Southeast and the Central West End, this district aims to connect the dynamic surrounding areas by creating a knowledge community with great public infrastructure and amenities.

For a ride, please call Park Central Development at 314.535.5311.

St. Louis Regional Neighborhood Conference featuring Brad Lander, Saturday October 27

October 11, 2012 in Botanical Heights, brad lander, Central West End, Cheltenham, conference, Forest Park Southeast, Kings Oak, october 27, saint louis, Shaw, slaco, st louis, st louis neighborhood conference, Tiffany by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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St. Louis native and New York City Alderman Brad Lander is the keynote speaker at the St. Louis Regional Neighborhoods Conference on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Harris-Stowe State University Givens Campus. The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) sponsors the conference where local community leaders share information and address issues to advance the region.

The principal co-sponsors are HSSU, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and The Institute for Urban Research (IUR) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

This year’s theme, “Great Neighborhoods for a Greater Community,” highlights key neighborhood issues impacting the St. Louis metropolitan area. The goal is to offer practical “how-to” information on programs designed to renew neighborhoods and encourage collaboration and partnership among neighborhood organizations, including civic and political leaders.

Lander’s keynote address is “From the Ground Up: Building Great Communities through Public Participation and Public Policy.” A New York City Council member who represents Brooklyn’s 39th District, he is co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, which fights for good jobs, equitable development, and investments in public schools and transportation. He is well-known as a leader on issues of affordable housing, livable communities, the environment and public education. The Nation magazine named Lander one of “Today’s Social Justice Heroes.”

Also addressing the conference are City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks, retiring St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom, and the Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and chief executive officer of the Deaconess Foundation.

The conference features over 20 workshops. Workshops include topics of place-making, arts, branding, healthy eating and active living, vacant lots, community partnerships and engagement and more. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30. Individual registration is $20. To pre-register and learn more about SLACO and the conference, visit: or call (314)-516-6590.

This year represents the launching of a new and expanded SLACO, as a working partnership with the region’s elected leaders and the academic community. The goal is to build the capacity and skills of a new generation of neighborhood leaders who are committed to open and responsive governance, while building opportunities for all residents.

Looking for neighborhood interviewees for graduate research project

October 5, 2012 in 17th Ward, colin suchland, Forest Park Southeast, interview, neighborhood, research by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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Colin Suchland, neighborhood resident and graduate student

The 17th Ward (and more specifically Forest Park Southeast and surround neighborhoods) is the subject of an ongoing academic study by Colin E. Suchland, a PhD researcher in sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Suchland lives in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood and currently is conducting interviews with residents and business owners in the ward. Anyone living, working or building in the 17th is welcome and encouraged to participate in the study, which is focused on urban redevelopment and community. Feel free to drop Suchland a line at or at his home phone 314-659-8242.

Help Vision a Healthy Grocery Store with Manchester Market, Wednesday, October 10

October 4, 2012 in Forest Park Southeast, grove, healthy corner store project, healthy food, manchester market, saint louis, st louis by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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new and improved produce section at Manchester Market

Where do you buy your groceries? How far do you have to travel to get there? Do you shop at Manchester Market? What would you like to buy right here at your neighborhood store?

Learn how you can be involved in shaping Manchester Market to be your healthy neighborhood grocery store! Work with store owner Ed Shalabi and fellow community members in shaping our grocery store and neighborhood.

There will be a community-wide meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 PM at Elements Partnership, located at 4512 Manchester, 1st floor (parking lot entrance), directly across from Manchester Market. Present at the meeting will include coordinators of the Healthy Corner Store Project, storeowner Ed Shalabi, and Park Central Development.

Projects include: free neighborhood cooking classes, community events, focus groups, advocating changes and improvements in the store itself, and more!

How you can be involved:

  • Be on the neighborhood team, which will be steering healthy food projects with Manchester Market
  • Be part of a focus group, to show why you do or don’t shop at Manchester Market, and what kinds of groceries you’d like to see
  • Join a FREE healthy cooking class
  • Fill out a survey here to better inform the community process and show what kinds of groceries you’d like to see

Please contact Stephanie at 262.4409 or if you’re interested in any or all of these!

Progress is continuing steadily at Manchester Market. Some of the larger improvements include relocating the produce freezer to the front of the store. In addition, Healthy Corner Store Project provided the store with new attractive produce baskets to entice customers to delicious bananas, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. In addition, owner Ed Shalabi has been carrying a larger variety of produce. And the best part is, with the new location, more customers are buying produce, and consequently the produce in stock is fresher, and Shalabi can afford to stock more variety.

In other exciting news, Manchester Market is now serving hot foods! Stay tuned for the grand opening, but if you’re looking for a quick lunch stop by for a sandwich, fried fish or chicken, or more. (It’s true, these aren’t incredibly healthy options, but they are delicious.)

To view more progress at Manchester Market:

Grove Fest bigger than ever: Get in the Grove for music, fashion, art, mustaches and more

October 2, 2012 in event, Forest Park Southeast, grove fest, neighborhood street festival, october 6, saint louis, st louis, The Grove by Park Central Development » Forest Park Southeast

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Crowd shot at Grove Fest 2011

Dance party in the street, fashion, interactive live art, bikes, games, great local bands, DJs, brews, and food, national headliner Clap Your Hands Say Yeah … plus painted women, mimes, a mechanical bull and mustaches? It’s that time of the year, the most outrageously eclectic and funky street festival to hit St. Louis is back. The 7th annual Grove Fest will take place Saturday, October 6, 2 to 11 p.m. between Tower Grove and Kentucky along Manchester in the Grove.

And my, Grove Fest has grown, much like the business district itself. This year, the festival has grown to three stages, including a Urban Chestnut main stage featuring a diverse line-up starting with funky marching band tunes of our very own Funky Brass Band, a DJ “battle” with DJ Charlie Chan and DJ Mahf, plus some world, reggae, and everything in between, before ending the night with indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. This year is also the launch of the STL Loud stage, featuring a great line-up of local acts, and a refresher of last year’s DJ and Fashion stage featuring local Miss Ohio Vintage’s runway show and pop-up boutique.

And of course, expect the unexpected. With over 200 performers, every corner you turn, you’ll run into some sort of wackiness that reflects this diverse and welcoming neighborhood. And the Grove continues to lead public art initiatives among St. Louis business districts with more public art installations and an interactive mural, so all event-goers can make their mark in the Grove.
In less than a year, the Grove has welcomed 8 more businesses: SoHo Restaurant and Lounge, City Boutique, Urban Breath Yoga, Sameem Afgan Restaurant, Layla Lebanese Restaurant, O’Shay’s Pub, Work/Play Print Shoppe and will soon be welcoming Joyia to the midst. This year, Grove Fest will showcase most rapidly growing commercial district in St. Louis.

And finally, Grove Fest is made possible thanks to its sponsors: The Grove CID, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, WUMC, Front Door STL, Mangrove Restoration, Diageo, Schlafly, DO 314, Alive Magazine, St. Louis Public Radio, STL Loud, Eleven Magazine, Lou Fusz Fiat, Regional Arts Commission, Forest Park South Business Association, Space Architects, Pabst Blue Ribbon, USA Mortgage, The Art of Hospice, the Pasta House, the LGBT Center of St. Louis, Area Wide Refrigeration and the Healing Arts Center.

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