November 2013 Luncheon

Healthy, Affordable Food Access in the St. Louis Region  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  

SPEAKERS:  Kara Lubischer - Community Development Specialist with the University of Missouri - St. Louis
                   Kirby Burkholder - Executive Director of the Missouri IFF Office

Fresh food access is a critical component of a healthy and vibrant community. Join planners and public health professionals from the St. Louis Region at the APASLMS November luncheon to learn about healthy, affordable food access research being done within our region, as well as mechanisms for funding healthy food stores in your community.  

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September 2013 Luncheon

Delmar Loop Trolley- APA/APWA Joint Lunch

Thursday, September 26, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

SPEAKER:  Tentative - Chris Poehler, Senior Vice President - Engineering & New Systems Development at Metro St. Louis.

Colorful trolley cars once animated the streets of St. Louis, linking neighborhoods, stimulating economic growth and delivering people to their destinations. The Loop derived its name from the Delmar Streetcar system that serviced University City and western St. Louis in the early 1900s.

Today the trolley car is more than just an object of nostalgia or a paragraph for the history books. It's enjoying a resurgence in popularity as a viable catalyst for economic development and a plausible transit solution to provide additional mobility options for all citizens. 

Streetcars are making dramatic comebacks in cities across the country. San Francisco, Portland, Kenosha, Memphis, Charlotte, Dallas and more have installed streetcar service, much to the delight of tourists and residents. Will St. Louis be next on the list?

In St. Louis, a proposed streetcar line connecting Forest Park and The Loop to two MetroLink stations is expected to begin final design by the summer of 2013 with construction beginning in 2014. The Federal Transit Administration has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact which allows the project to move forward. The Loop

Trolley Company is raising private funds to match $25 million in federal funds that will help build the project.

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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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