With Help from Rockefeller Foundation, St. Louis Looks for New Approach to Neighborhood Revitalization

By on February 12, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood is one of the best examples of the deep challenges faced by many St. Louis neighborhoods beyond the city’s prosperous central spine. Poverty and vacancy are endemic. Investment is scarce.

That’s partly why the community development experts who came to St. Louis from around the country decided to spend two days there putting their heads together with city officials and locals who do the same kind of work.

When they go home, they want to leave behind a handful of ideas that a resource-strapped city can actually implement to make change in some of its most-neglected neighborhoods.

The exercise is part of St. Louis’ participation with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. The city was selected to join the initiative in late 2014, in the wake of the social unrest that started in Ferguson.

Since then, it used money from the group to hire Patrick Brown to lead a new Office of Resilience, tasked with developing a plan to address local problems such as high crime, civil unrest and educational disparities.

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