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This year has been a busy one for the pilot Main Street programs in St. Louis, now called St. Louis Main Streets. With the pandemic starting to wane, the Missouri Main Street staff has been busy working in the districts with consultants. Currently there are two confirmed Main Street districts in St. Louis with a third to be announced very soon.  

A visit in April brought the Missouri Main Street staff and specialists in downtown revitalization to the district to discuss organizational structure, branding, business development, site development, and gateway signage for the Dutchtown Main Street district.  Norma Rameriez de Miess, with National Main Street, was part of the delegation and provided insights into the aspects of an urban Main Street program from her experience in other urban districts across the country.

The highlight of the visit was the unveiling of potential branding and logos for the Dutchtown Main Street program.  Ben Muldrow, partner of Arnett Muldrow and Associates, presented a potential new brand for Downtown Dutchtown. The organization is still finalizing the decision, but if adopted, the new name of the organization would be Dutchtown Main Streets.  Since there are several commercial streets in the Dutchtown central business district (Meramec, Virginia and Grand), this brand would incorporate all of them into the revitalization movement by using the plural streets.


Laclede’s Landing
The second Pilot Main Street program in St. Louis is Laclede’s Landing.  This district is creating the new Main Street organization from scratch and are in the process of drafting and approving by-laws to govern the organization.  MMSC met with the potential new board members and answered some questions about the by-laws in May.  Once the by-laws are approved, then officers will be elected, and the foundation building and education on Main Street will begin.  

Third Pilot Main Street District
The final pilot district to join the program is still in the works.  Two districts applied and made a presentation to Missouri Main Street in April and May.  The final district will be chosen very soon with a public announcement.

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MMSC Design Services

The temporary measures communities took to create spaces for gathering and dining in light of the pandemic have become beloved places amongst residents and guests of the district. This presents an opportunity for local Main Street programs to transition their temporary spaces into established amenities that activate their downtown and appeal to residents and guests alike.

Missouri Main Street Connection offers design assistance and renderings for streetscape and amenity planning that can assist communities in developing features that capture the feeling of connectivity that are associated with the outdoor and open spaces. Now it is the time for these interim spaces to take on a new light with the help of our consultants in designing pocket parks, greenspaces, or through alley activation that provides a long-term home for these temporary amenities to provide casual, shade, seating, tables, and dining spaces through movable seating, play objects, tables, games, lighting, and activities.

Andy Kalback is one of the consultants who works with our communities and has worked with Knob Noster in the past. His work with Knob Noster reflects what can be done in many Missouri communities in response to shifts and desires for community outdoor greenspaces. Municipalities are making efforts to equitably create access to greenspaces and an example of this is Saint Louis with their Brickline Greenway project.


Please check out our service directory for information about Missouri Main Street design services that can bring vibrancy to your community. If you have any question about the services we provide, please reach out to our office at 417-334-3014 for further detail.
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