August 2013 Luncheon

St. Louis World Class City Initiative: A Path to City/County Reunification

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

SPEAKER:  Dr. Charles Schmitz, Dean Emeritus at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and co-founder of St. Louis World Class City.

St. Louis is a world class region, with numerous assets, amenities, and positive attributes that set us apart from other cities in the United States, yet we are mired by negative statistics that have resulted from the City’s secession from St. Louis County and other unique characteristics in our governmental structure. To address these issues, a group of passionate, dedicated St. Louisans formed the St. Louis World Class City Initiative, a citizen-led effort to foster a serious, non-partisan dialogue about two potential reunification options for St. Louis City and St. Louis County: full reunification and re-entry.

Join the St. Louis Metro Section of the American Planning Association at the August Luncheon to learn more about the St. Louis World Class City Initiative, the ramifications from the decision to form the independent City of St. Louis 137 years ago, and the potential pathways to reuniting St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

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June 2013 Luncheon

JUNE PICNIC - Great Streets from Maryland Heights to Collinsville

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

For our June Picnic we are fortunate to have two terrific programs representing both sides of the Metro Area:  Maryland Heights and Collinsville.  This will be a good opportunity to compare and contrast two different Great Streets programs in two dynamic Metro communities.

Hilary Perkins will be joining us from Maryland Heights where East-West Gateway’s 2013 Great Streets funding included a grant to the City of Maryland Heights to study Dorsett Road. Dorsett is in many ways a typical suburban auto-oriented commercial corridor. This study is focused on finding ways to apply the principles of Great Streets to encourage local economic development, support multiple travel modes, and improve the appearance of the road itself.

Mitch Bair from will be joining us from Collinsville to discuss their project and how IDOT's decision to include the City of Collinsville's Streetscape plan in their ITEP Great Streets funding is based on a holistic approach of integrated design and access in the Uptown area. This integrated design and access includes enhanced street aesthetics, an improved pedestrian experience, integrated open spaces and pocket parks and a commitment to mass transit. The Uptown area is a historical downtown commercial district that has experienced significant revitalization through the emphasis on the Great Streets Principles.

This will be a great program and with a free lunch, why would you want to miss it?

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May 2013 Luncheon

Urban Planning and Real Estate Finance in a Post-Housing Bubble World

Thursday, May 16, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This month's topic is “Urban Planning and Real Estate Finance in a Post-Housing Bubble World” and will feature a discussion with residential and commercial loan specialists to discuss diverse topics at the "intersection" of planning and banking/finance.   Discussion topics will include but not be limited to: 1) Availability of credit/loans – what projects are moving forward?  What assets are banks staying away from?  Where is growth anticipated now and in the future? 2) What changes have been made to rules for letters of credit?  Are there more stringent rules in place to ensure that improvements are fully funded?    3) What are the bank’s expectations when asking for a zoning certificate and considering financing/refinancing when there are nonconformities?

Afterwards, join Will Krause, Chairman of the Edwardsville's Historic Preservation Commission and Edwardsville City Planner Scott Hanson on a one-hour walking tour of the LCCC campus and the adjoining Historic Leclaire neighborhood.  Leclaire is said to be among the largest and earliest National Historic Register neighborhoods in terms of number of intact structures in the United States. Learn the interesting history of this “utopian” neighborhood, why the Historic Leclaire is arguably among the first "sustainable" communities in the nation and what it still has to teach us about creating "walkable" communities.

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March 2013 Luncheon

Pagedale Determined
Community Inspired Planning Efforts that are Transforming a Community

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Beyond Housing is facilitating three physical development projects in Pagedale, that, when completed will create a community-inspired plan to transform the area from the intersection of Page Avenue at Ferguson Avenue, to the St. Charles Rock Road MetroLink station into a Town Center to serve as the civic, business and entertainment heart of the city.  This set of projects, called Pagedale Determined by area stakeholders, will result in a beautiful, safe, resident-friendly area in which people can shop, be active and interact with their neighbors.  Included in Pagedale Determined is a Transit Oriented Development Study as a part of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development and a Great Streets project supported by East West Gateway.  Connecting these two planning projects is a project to design and activate a Healthy Corridor, with funding provided by Missouri Foundation for Health.  Together these three planning efforts are transforming the corridor into a vibrant, livable community.

SPECIAL NOTE:  The restaurant has requested that food be served at 11:30, so we will be having registration from 11:00-11:30 and lunch will be served (and the program will begin) from 11:30 to 12:30So please plan accordingly.

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