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Building Community Through Neighborhood Initiatives


Rooted City Phase One

The Rooted City Project is a new community collaboration designed to bring social entrepreneurship, neighborhood connections, and resources together to benefit St. Louisans in the most challenging neighborhoods.

Development of a data-driven strategic framework.

Identify resources: financial, relational, and subject matter expertise.

Choose 3 specific neighborhoods for pilot projects.

Coming Together

Distressed neighborhoods have very few anchors. Public parks, playgrounds and other third spaces are often under-resourced or unsafe. One of the last organizations that is in the neighborhood for the benefit of others is often a church. Enhancing an congregation’s existing community engagement, and adding new programs strengths their neighborhood, adding to the safety and stability of the community.

Making a Difference

The current concept was developed through a series of community conversations including community leaders from the housing, microlending, arts, philanthropic, cultural and health organizations. The team would be taking the concept map and turning it into a roadmap.

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Stay up to date on the development of Rooted City and learn more about the opportunities to get involved and serve your community.

Skills Helpful to This Project Are:

  • Strategic planning 
  • Community engagement
  • Financial modeling 
  • GIS

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