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Spotlight on St. Louis Area Neighborhood Activities - Updated March 18, 2013

Moto Museum
Representatives from URS Corporation were onhand to answer questions from attendees at the public meeting, held at the Moto Museum in Midtown, and provide more information on the St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study.

Moto Museum
Design renderings of proposed streetcar lines showed that the two lines would generate 2,700 new riders and enhance the region's transit system by feeding into current and proposed MetroLink and MetroBus lines.
Streetcar Feasibility Study Unveiled at Moto Museum
by Bob Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 8, 2013 - A public open house to view the results of a recent St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study was held, Thursday evening, at the Moto Museum in midtown.

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, in conjunction with US Bank and Grand Center, sponsored the St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study.

Attendees learned that streetcars would benefit the city by connecting neighborhoods, jobs, services and destinations, while generating $540 million in new development within the first five years.

The study projected that in 20 years, streetcar lines could spur $2.1 billion in new development. The open house at the Moto Museum was the culmination of seven months of studying the potential of streetcar lines linking Downtown St. Louis, Carr Square, St. Louis Place, Old North St. Louis, Midtown, Grand Center, and the Central West End.

Renee Ducker, respresentative from URS Corporation, was on hand to answer questions and discuss the results of the study.

"What we are proposing are electric streetcars that would run in the street in existing right-of-way and mix with traffic. They would be powered by overhead electric lines coming from poles that are attached directly into the street," she stated.

She added that the electric lines were not huge, invasive lines and would be incorporated into the urban landscape - some cases even attached to buildings where there were narrow streets.

The modern streetcars would run on embedded rails and have a look similar to the existing MetroLink System. The smaller cars could also be coupled.

When asked how the routes were chosen, Ducker responded that they did a market anaylsis and were given a general corridor to work with. "We were tasked with looking at a route between Downtown, the Central West End and the Near Northside. We picked what we thought was the most logical connection between the two." She noted that the study ended at Kingshighway for this stage.

The feasibility study examined two streetcar lines. One that would travel east-west along Olive Street and Lindell Boulevard from 6th Street in Downtown to the Central West End. The other would travel north-south along 14th Street and North Florissant Avenue from St. Louis Avenue to Metro's Civic Center station, which connects to the Saint Louis Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center.

Ducker stated that having concluded the feasibility study, they hoped to move forward this fall into a more detailed study that would include looking at additional alternatives, more specifics on the operations, and environmental impact on traffic.

To move the project forward, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis region's metropolitan planning organization, must adopt it into its long-range transportation plan at its March 27 meeting. Once adopted, $300,000 in local money must be raised to match the needed federal funding for an environmental assessment. If the assessment finds no significant impact on the neighborhoods, then preliminary engineering, final design and construction would occur over the next few years with the streetcar lines possibly operational in 2017.

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Map of proposed streetcar lines linking Downtown St. Louis, Carr Square, St. Louis Place, Old North St. Louis, Midtown, Grand Center, and the Central West End.

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Volunteers Needed to Help United Way Invest in the Community
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 5, 2013 - United Way, which supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois, is looking for volunteers.

Interested in making a positive difference every day in our region without taking much of your valuable time? You can by volunteering with United Way's allocations panel. For more information, go to United Way's volunteer website: and click on "Get Involved," or call 314-421-0700.

Between June and November you'll spend about 40 hours determining how United Way of Greater St. Louis will invest more than $1 million each week in our community. That's a lot of money and not a lot of time. By serving on an allocations panel you, along with others, will visit health and human service agencies supported by United Way and then distribute the funds raised each year in our fall fundraising campaign.

United Way's allocations process is a great place to learn about our community, meet interesting and committed people from all walks of life, develop leadership skills and help one in three people in the region.

Second Annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 26, 2013 - Lift for Life Gym is hosting its second annual City Mayhem Obstacle Course Challenge on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Set in the streets of downtown St. Louis, the four-mile course kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Lafayette and Third, and offers at least 12 fun and unique obstacles along the route. Obstacles range from those that test stamina, to those that test accuracy, requiring participants to put on their thinking caps. This family-friendly event includes a 5K run before the challenge, a children's obstacle course, and a post-race celebration with live music, awards and refreshments.

"We are thrilled to be back for second year," said Joe Miller, Executive Director for Lift for Life Gym. "We have exciting new obstacles for 2013, a new 5K for those wanting to just get out there and run, and the very popular children's course is back." Added Miller, "While our turnout of 400 was amazing last year, we've set our sites on having 700 participants and raising over $30,000 for 2013. Fitness should be fun and is for the whole family, and that is what this race is all about."

The challenge is intended for all ages, and all levels of fitness. "This really is an event for the whole family, benefitting the whole community," said Jay Siefert, Lift for Life Gym board member. "All monies raised stay in St. Louis, benefitting out city's youth. Investing in our city's children is investing in our community's future."

All proceeds will benefit programs at Lift for Life Gym, providing more than 400 St. Louis City children athletic, social, recreational and educational activities at no cost to the children or their families. For more information, please visit Lift for Life Gym's website at, call (314) 588-0007, or contact Kelley Jackson at

State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 17, 2013 - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who might otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is one way Missouri is working to fight childhood hunger. The program provides nutritious meals to children under age 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating.

Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies and local governments. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

The federally funded program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The department will accept applications March 1 through May 15 to participate in the program. Organizations interested in becoming sponsors are required to attend training.

More information about the Summer Food Service Program is available online at, by telephone at 888-435-1464 (toll-free) or through RELAY MISSOURI for the Hearing and Speech Impaired at 1-800-735-2966. Potential sponsors may also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Hardee's Crew and Fred Bird Helps Heat-Up St. Louis Hit Record High of $125,000
 'Reason for Freezin' Annual Polar Plunge Raises Over $85,200 for Special Olympics Missouri
 Gov. Nixon Announces $1.3 Million in Innovation High School Grants
 O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex Opens in North Saint Louis Community
 Missouri to Offer Refund Debit Cards for Taxpayers
 Great Rivers Greenway Approves Creation of CityArchRiver 2015 Citizen Committee
 CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers Named New Director of Department of Social Services
 Mayor Slay Signs Cell Phone Bill Into Law
 American Community Survey Details Changes in St. Louis Metro Area
 Governor Nixon Announces Health Care Coverage for Additional Estimated 300,000 Missourians
 Holiday Magic Train Concerts Are Back This Year
 Lafayette Square Named One of Nation's "Prettiest Painted Places"
 St. Vincent Trail Opens in the Heart of St. Louis City
 St. Louis Pushed To Form First Animal Cruelty Task Force
 Lafayette Square Competes for "Prettiest Painted Places"
 Mediation Program To Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
 Clydesdales Make Special Guest Appearance at Veterans Festival
 Festival of Nations Attracts Huge Crowds to Tower Grove Park to Enjoy Food, Dancing and Shopping
 Youth Opportunities Program to Help Girls Incorporated of St. Louis
 "Food for Fines" Program Tops Last Year Total
 Arts & Education Council Invites Teachers to Apply for Grants
 Volunteers Needed for 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
 Cool Down Unveils "Keep On The Air" Project for Seniors and Disabled
 USPS Releases Plan to Preserve Post Offices in Rural America
 Four Missouri Schools Ranked Best High Schools in the Nation
 National Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Metropolitan St. Louis
 Urban Roots Volunteers Beautify Downtown St. Louis
 Cinco de Mayo Festivals in St. Louis
 Sesame Street's Elmo, Grace Hill and PNC Bank Introduce New Financial Education Program for Preschoolers
 Mayor Slay Signs Bike Parking Bill to Make City More Bike-Friendly
 MERS/Goodwill & The Cardinals Recycling Event Draws Big Crowd
 23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park
 Neighbors Work Together to Help Clean Up St. Louis
 550 Volunteers Braved the Cold to Raise $95,000 for Heat-Up STL
 2012 Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge to Build 35 Homes
 Welcome Home Foundation Challenges Other Communities to Hold Parades
 Welcome Home Foundation Moves Forward with Challenge to Raise $7 Million in 7 Days for Vets
 St. Louis Public Library Earns Second-Place Ranking

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