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DNA Fundraiser Spark on Oct. 14

Support Downtown and the Downtown Neighborhood Association by attending the best rooftop party of the year! Cocktail attire with a little sparkle is encouraged.

When, where, and what is Spark?

Spark takes place from 6:30-11pm on Saturday, October 14 on the rooftop of the Arcade Building with panoramic views of Downtown St. Louis and features music from many genres provided by Bump and Hustle’s DJ MAKossa, food from some of Downtown’s best restaurants, local craft beer along with wine and cocktails, and an excellent silent auction.

We will also be recognizing some of the people who make Downtown a great place to live, work, and play with a brief awards ceremony.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Most Valuable Resident – Laura Griffin
  • Resident Rookie of the Year – Tavon Brooks
  • Small Business of the Year – 314 The City Bar
  • Corporate Partner of the Year – Schlafly

Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here.

Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit that undertakes community building and organizing activities in order to connect people, create change, and positively impact the historic and economic nucleus of our city and region.

View photos from last year’s event on our Facebook page here.

Learn more about us by viewing our 2016 Annual Report.



Arcade Apartments

Pearl Vodka

If you wish to become a sponsor or purchase tickets for a group, then contact Jared Opsal at 314-669-4534 or

Neighborhood Happy Hour at Thaxton Speakeasy

This month’s neighborhood happy hour is at Thaxton Speakeasy on Thursday, September 28 from 5:30-8pm!

These events are a great way to connect with your neighbors and build a stronger community. They are also open to anyone so feel free to invite your friends and neighbors.

They are offering $4 wine, select craft beers, ciders, and moonshine cocktails as well as $2 domestic bottles.

Please enter from the Olive Street doorway.

Information on Concerning Board Bills

The City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen are back in session, and we have identified two Board Bills we have concerns with. Please take the time to learn about these bills and express your thoughts with your elected officials listed below along with Mayor Krewson ( and President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed (

Board Bill 97

Allows for the owners of an establishment that sells alcohol to transfer that liquor license to a new owner without requiring the new owner to go through the neighborhood consent process. This subverts the ability of a neighborhood to ensure the owners of an establishment selling alcohol will meet the standards set forth by the community. For example:  under the proposed bill, someone may sell their well-run establishment that received neighborhood consent to someone who has a poor track record of running bars/restaurants that the neighborhood would normally not consent to. More info on Board Bill 97 may be found here.


Joseph Vaccaro

Safety Committee Members

Board Bill 98

Provides extra protections for people who are experiencing homelessness. This is a well-meaning bill that unfortunately suffers from many practical issues. For example:  under the proposed bill, the police will be restricted in their ability to address people using drugs if those people claim they are homeless. This will drastically inhibit the ability of police officers to engage people for public drug/alcohol use. Also, under the proposed ordinance the City of St. Louis will not be allowed to close any encampments of people sleeping in tents or other makeshift shelters anywhere in the city unless they have first identified housing and services for everyone in the encampment. This further places the burden of offering services to people who are homeless on the City of St. Louis despite homelessness being a regional issue, not simply a city one. Furthermore, this ordinance proposes to fine people between $1,500 and $15,000 for any violation of the ordinance. This could lead to a police officer facing fines for addressing drug use/dealing in an area with a large population of homeless people if a court rules the drug use and dealing is either directly or indirectly associated with homelessness. More info on Board Bill 98 may be found here.


Megan Green

Legislative Committee Members

Town Hall Meeting with Bylaws Amendment Vote

Mark your calendars for our next Town Hall Meeting on Monday, September 11 at 6pm in the auditorium (lower-level) of the library.

Bylaw Amendment Vote – Click here to see the proposed amendment
Neighborhood Announcements
Elected Officials Updates & Questions
DNA Committee Updates & Questions
Updates on Small Business Program & Garment District Community Engagement Effort – Downtown STL, Inc.
Update on Public Art Effort – Regional Arts Commission

The post-meeting social will be at Alumni Saint Louis.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

Neighborhood Happy Hour at Tin Roof

Join us for this month’s neighborhood happy hour at Tin Roof (1000 Clark Ave., 63102) on Thursday, August 31 from 5:30-8pm.

These events are a great way to connect with your neighbors and support our community’s businesses.

We hope to see you there!

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

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