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National Night Out event offers opportunity to learn about proposed North Central SBD

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

On Tuesday October 2, approximately 400 people gathered on the 4200 block of Delmar to celebrate National Night Out. In addition to bringing a diverse group of neighbors together to socialize and celebrate community, that event provided an opportunity to inform residents about the benefits of a proposed new SBD, the North Central Special Business District (see map below).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy   The boundaries for the proposed SBD stretch from Vandeventer west to Taylor, and from Finney south to Lindell, spanning the Delmar Divide.

18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, who introduced a resolution in the Board of Aldermen to create the North Central Special Business District in September, is in the process of scheduling a public hearing on the proposed legislation.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Organizers who have been laying the groundwork for this initiative for the past two years include residents Eric Kyser, left, and Judith Arnold, middle, a 30-year resident who is a master level urban planner. In the photo above they are being interviewed by KMOV reporter and CWE resident Alexis Zotos.

Others residents who serve on the planning committee are Will Roth, Dana Scott-Person, Catherine Knights, and Vanessa Fischer.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

The poster above provided a succinct explanation about what an SBD is and what it does. Judith Arnold said that the overwhelming concern among residents gleaned from conversations or surveys is the need to address safety and security. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

A color-coded map of existing SBDs in the CWE. The proposed North Central SBD is shown in green.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Left: Director of Public Safety Jimmie Edwards, left, and State Senator Jamila Nashid  welcomed the crowd. Right: Tiffanie Brooks Walker, creator of AKJ Jewelry and co-owner of Sho Off Car Wash at Olive & Newstead.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Top photo: Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, speaking with Luke Henson, Community Development Manager on the staff at WUMCRC, and Judith Arnold. Bottom photo: Eric Kyser, Pastor James Ivan of Samaritan United Methodist Church, and Luciana Borbely.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Several organizations had informational booths at the event including the Job Corps and UMSL, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Other exhibitors included Great Rivers Greenway, left, there to discuss the possible development of a new greenway along the Hodiamont Tracks. (Stop by Pop-Up Greenway on the Tracks Saturday 10/27 from 2 to 4 on the Hodiamont/Suburban tracks between Cabanne & Academy). Top right, 4300 Fairfax WestBelle Neighbors Association, middle, AARP and Women’s Voices Raised who offered free gun locks, and bottom, employees of AT&T.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Top photo: Three sisters gathered Girl Scout information. Bottom photo: A neighborhood Boy Scout troop paraded through the crowd.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Contemporary Art Museum staff members offered kids an opportunity to color a Gee’s Bend Quilt button. When I asked the young man in the photo if he knew what Gee’s Bend Quilts were, he said, “Yes, but the sample looks more like a Modigliani.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Pastor James Ivan Jimmie Edwards Jim Whyte Jamila Nashid Great Rivers Greenway CWENSI Alexis Zotos 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Students from the Jahfi West African Dance School waiting to perform, above, as the evening’s festivities drew to a close. Organizers were thrilled with the turnout and enthusiasm from those who stopped by. It’s hoped that the proposed SBD will be the catalyst for community engagement bridging the Delmar Divide, and for many more social occasions in the future.

Snapshots from Rededication of Dr. Martin Luther King Statue

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Signs of shared purpose, renewed energy, and positive vibes were everywhere Wednesday evening as neighbors who live on or near Fountain Park gathered with St. Louis City and state representatives for a rededication of the 40-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King statue, which had been been restored by AKT Studios.

Partners in the restoration project, which was initiated by the Neighbors of Fountain Park, included 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, AKT Studios, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. – Epsilon Lambda Graduate Chapter St. Louis, Centennial Christian Church (DOC), St. Louis City Parks Department and The Board of Public Service.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Those in attendance included Mayor Lyda Krewson, who’s flanked in the photo above by President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed, left, and right, Wiley Price, IV, the Democratic nominee for 84th District of the Missouri House of Representatives, which includes a large portion of the CWE. Many other elected officials were in attendance.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy welcomed the large crowd and introduced speakers during The Statue: A Symbol of Hope portion of the program.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Those included Mayor Lyda Krewson, who commended the neighborhood for working together to strengthen their community. Her comments included references to the legacy of Dr. King and the application of his values to the ongoing challenges of our time.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed also referenced Dr. King when he spoke about current efforts to bring new vitality to the neighborhood in and around Fountain Park.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

The bronze statue, sculpted by St. Louisan Rudolph Torrini in 1978, was unveiled by Tony Rocca & Nick Birsa of AKT Studios. In his remarks Rocca said it was a pleasure to work with the community on this project, and promised to stop by every once in a while with a bucket of water to clean the statue.

Coincidentally, Torrini died this week at age 95, on the same day as the rededication. Read about it here: STL Today.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Kevin Bryant (see previous post here) introduced Reverend Dinah Tatman, right, and thanked her for her quiet support in moving his redevelopment plans for the neighborhood along. He also reminded the crowd that their numbers far exceeded those few who cause problems in the neighborhood, which led to great applause.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

Other speakers included Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation, above, Jerry Hall, a 44-year resident of Fountain Park (not photographed), Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy   and Dr. Lisa Small, principal of Washington Montessori School, located on Euclid just north of Fountain Park.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

After the ceremony Mayor Krewson visited with some of the neighbors.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

One of the highlights of the evening was the appearance of the Gentlemen of Vision, shown waiting to  perform above. The group is led by Marlon Wharton, whose voice you’ll hear on the following video. You’ll also hear him say that the 100 % of the young men graduate from high school and go on to college.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Wiley Price IV Rudolph Torrini Rabbi Susan Talve Mayor Lyda Krewson Lewis Reed Kevin Bryant Fountain Park 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy

There was so much to take away from Wednesday’s event in Fountain Park. Change is definitely happening north of Delmar. One clear observation is that the common perception of the boundaries that define the Central West End must be expanded to include the neighborhood around Fountain Park. Simply debunking the concept of the “Delmar Divide” will go a long way toward accelerating the pace of change. Thanks to the Fountain Park community, Alderman Terry Kennedy, and Kevin Bryant for leading the way.