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Urban Character, Vitality & Ecology Projects

Develop a Neighborhood-Community Asset Inventory
Information on how to develop an asset inventory of your neighborhood or community.
Secure Vacant Buildings and Preserve Historic Buildings
Existing buildings with historic architectural features, unique design elements, or historical significance add character and charm to a neighborhood
Develop Creative Uses for Vacant Land
Resources for fostering the creative reuse of City owned vacant land.
Organize a Walking Group or Community Fitness Program
Collective fitness is typically easier to commit to than individual fitness programs, and it also promotes neighborhood solidarity, use of public spaces, and overall neighborhood safety.
Make a Healthy Corner Store and Encourage Healthy Eating
By encouraging stores to improve their food and service offerings to be more healthy and local, they encourage and enable healthier eating habits.
Start a Bike Share or Bike Hub
A bike hub will be different in every community and should be customized and operated to meet the needs of that community.
Start or Enhance a Neighborhood Safety Program
Information and resources on starting a neighborhood safety program
Develop Safe Routes to School or a Walking School Bus
Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from school.
Establish a Community Tool Library
It operates much like a traditional library, where residents check out tools and return them about a week later.
Clean the Streets and Beautify the Streetscape
Street clean up programs and projects generally include a regularly scheduled day that the community gathers to clean up debris, weeds, and overgrown landscaping
Foster Activity with Public Seating, Programs, and Furniture
Resources and information on creating an installation of a chair,a group of chairs, a bench, a surface, or something similar that is designed for the general public to use in daily life.
Develop a Neighborhood Walking Tour & Market Your Neighborhood
Host themed walking or biking tours of your neighborhood to encourage urban exploration, active lifestyles, and to offer unique insight to your neighborhood for residents and visitors.
Plant and Care for Trees
Urban trees have been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of streets and open space, neighborhood property value, stormwater runoff, and health of the environment
Preserve Existing Buildings
Preservation maximizes the use of existing materials and infrastructure, reduces waste, and preserves the historic character and charm of a neighborhood.
Hold a Neighborhood Energy Challenge
Information and resources on holding a block or neighborhood-wide competition between individual households, groups of households, or different blocks to collectively reduce energy use.
Start a Shop Local or Green Business Campaign
A shop local campaign is an advertising campaign and/or fund-raising effort to highlight the benefits of shopping at locally owned and operated businesses and increase patronage at those businesses.
Establish a Community Garden or Local Food Installation
Information and resources on establishing a community garden or food installation.
Conduct A Weatherization Training Program
Weatherization or weatherproofing is the process of protecting a building and its interior to reduce energy use and lower energy costs
Disconnect Downspouts & install Rain Barrels
Information and resources for disconnecting downspouts and installing rain barrels.
Install Rain Gardens or Bioswales
Information and resources on installing a rain garden or bioswales.
Use Native Plants for Habitat or Biodivsersity
Native plants and flowers are typically hardiest and most acclimated to St. Louis growing conditions
Create Public Art Installations or Exhibits
Engage local residents and employ local artists to highlight the unique history and character of a neighborhood
Convert Hardscape Areas To Pervious Surfaces
A permeable surface is one made from materials that allow stormwater to move through the surface and soak into the ground.
Create A Cool Or White Roof Program
Cool roofs are highly reflective roofs that absorb less heat from sunlight and keep your building cooler
Paint Intersections or Building Murals
Beautify the neighborhood, support local artists, and create a safer and more identifiable place, increasing the livability and value of your neighborhood

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