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City Affair XIV: Gentrification: 3/4/10 7:30PM

Monday, February 22, 2010 2 comments

Is gentrification a problem in Saint Louis?

Gentrification is a loaded term. Literally referring to the process of renovating and improving (esp. a house or district) so that it conforms to middle-class taste, it is entwined with issues of politics, class, and race. How one defines gentrification and whether it is a positive or negative depends on how it has affected you.

We will look to our panelists for discussion about the function of gentrification, the dynamics that they perceive as contributing to gentrification, and what can be done through policy to minimize negative effects of gentrification.

Our panel consists of:
Steven Smith - Owner of the Royale and activist.

Minerva Lopez - Past President of the Cherokee Station Business Association

Alex Ihnen - Regional Director of Development at Washington University, blogger at St. Louis Urban Workshop

Alycia Green - Advocate at The People's Advocate St. Louis

Michael Allen will moderate the panel discussion.

Following forty five minutes of panel discussion we will open the floor to audience questions.


MARCH 4, 2010
7:30-9:00 PM
STYLEhouse (STL-Style)
3155 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, Mo. 63118

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City Affair XIII: Transit Advocacy Leads to Healthy Debate and Challenge to Participate

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 0 comments

City Affair XIII: Transit Advocacy was a marked success

Despite forecasts of snow, City Affair XIII saw over fifty participants learn more about Proposition A, challenge our transit panelists and receive a challenge in turn to turn out, phone bank, organize , and fight for Proposition A

Thanks to everyone who braved the cold, mixed precipitation, and threats of snow to attend City Affair XIII at the offices of Arcturis. The discussion was often boisterous with panelists Tom Shrout, Courtney Sloger, and Mark Phillips outlining the future plans of Metro, discussing strategy for victory for the upcoming vote on Proposition A this April, and being kept on their toes by a lively discussion section.

City Affair STL would like to pass on the following resources to transit advocacy interested citizens:

Newly Redesigned Metro Website - Now featuring Google Transit for trip planning purposes and soon rolling out a smart phone application

Moving Transit Forward: Metro's 30 Year Plan - Developed through several charrettes with City, County, and Metro East residents.

More MetroLink - Advocacy Site to support the passage of Proposition A

Voter Neighbor - System to encourage participation for Proposition A. Contact Courtney Sloger for more information

Next Stop STL - Metro's Blog.

Advance Saint Louis - Supporting Proposition A

Ten Toes Express - If you are a member of City Affair, make the commitment towards sustainable transportation

Finally the featured video is now the pro-Proposition A spot produced by Citizens for Modern Transit


City Affair XIV: Gentrification

March 4, 2010
7:30-9:00 PM

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 0 comments


The February City Affair will be taking place tomorrow, February 4th 2010, at the offices of Arcturis.

We have added Mark Phillips, a long range planner for metro, to the panel.

For details on the after party, please scroll to the end of this post.

We would like to encourage you to take transit to City Affair. The offices of Arcturis are located in the Laclede Gas building directly above the 8th and Pine Metrolink Station. Please visit TripFinder to plan your route to City Affair.


Thursday, February 4 2010
7:30-9:00 PM
Arcturis Offices
Laclede Gas Building, Second Floor
720 Olive Street Saint Louis, Mo. 63101

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Thursday, February 4 2010
9:30 PM - Midnight
Sol Lounge
4239 Lindell Bvld. Saint Louis, Mo. 63108
Between Whittier and Boyle

You can get to the after party on Metro by taking the #10 bus westbound from 14th and Pine. The #10 leaves from 14th and Pine at 9:30 and 10:10pm and the trip is around 15 minutes.

The afterparty at Sol benefits the Saint Louis Urban Studio. Admission is $5 and helps to support the Urban Studio's excellent programs. For more information view the facebook event.

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