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Dutchtown Better Blocks

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Join Trailnet and the Dutchtown South Community Corporation for their Better Block event on Saturday, September 20 at 4 pm. With funding from the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Trailnet will help residents transform the street into a Neighborhood Greenway.

Dutchtown Better Block is a community event that rebuilds a street or geographic area using grassroots efforts, to show the potential to create a great walkable, vibrant neighborhood center.

  • The Little Red Reading House, pop up bookstore featuring St. Louis City Southside independent authors, as well as many used books for sale for all ages
  • Panel discussions by authors NiNi Harris, J.E. Billiot, Eric Lundgren, Susan Weigand
  • Story telling and kids’ storytime
  • Chess pocket park
  • Beer & mead tastings
  • Grand Opening of new store Urban Matter
  • Pop up sidewalk café
  • Dutchtown Domestic Arts, a pop up artisan store, with merchandise from Rae Sews Art, Squaresville,
  • Maude’s Market, Pie Craft, and more
  • Completion of two-story high mural by the Screwed Arts Collective
  • Tree well plantings and demonstrations
  • Walking and biking improvements
  • Public and interactive art
  • Neighborhood-based food vendors
  • VAL Community Garden tours
  • Presentations on development possibilities for Dutchtown’s commercial corridors
  • Showcase of for-sale mixed use and commercial properties
  • Outdoor family movie, with popcorn & snow-cones, beginning at dusk

The 4700 blocks of Virginia currently contain occupied residential buildings, a mix of occupied and unoccupied business storefronts and two empty lots, one of which is slated for conversion to display native plant naturescaping. A large and well-maintained community garden and an associated large lawn are immediately adjacent in the 4700 block of Alabama.

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Contact Tonya Dean,
Dutchtown South Community Corporation
(314) 352-4865 (office) • (314) 779-6251 (cell)

Skinker-Debaliviere Rock the Block


On Saturday September 13th, an exciting and transformational event will take place along Des Peres Avenue called, “Rock The Block: A Skinker DeBaliviere Better Block Project”. SDCC is bringing neighborhood residents & friends together to re-imagine part of our beloved Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood for this unique large-scale street event. Using very little money, zero permanent infrastructure and lots of community support we will demonstrate what is possible in our neighborhood. The activities of the day include many ideas that have come out of the community’s recent planning initiatives including the neighborhood’s master planning process, the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Study of the Delmar & Forest Park-DeBaliviere Metrolink station areas, and the Wabash Station Visioning Session. Rock The Block will bring these ideas to life for one day, with the goal of creating lasting change!

  • Revitalized Historic Wabash Train Station
  • 2nd Annual Skinker DeBaliviere State Fair
  • Dog Park
  • Restaurant
  • Library & Book Swap
  • Bike Path
  • Beer Garden
  • Live Music
  • Kids Art Project
  • Interactive Street Art
  • Mocked-Up Residential Building

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The Skinker-DeBaliviere Better Block Project is funded wholly through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development and the St. Louis Community Development Administration under the provision of Title I of the Housing and
Community Development Act of 1974 (Pub L, 93-383 42 USC 5301 et seq.).